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Stranded in an Urban Landscape

Jandréus, Daniel LU (2013) STVK01 20122
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This paper explores the nature of migration in Egypt from a Sub-altern realist
perspective. As a criticism of traditional realist theories, Sub-altern realism argues
that states in the Third World are defined by their weak state structure, which in
turn changes their behavior both towards other states and on the domestic arena.
This paper is based on findings from a Minor Field Study that I conducted in
Egypt during the summer of 2012. With the help of interviews and empirical
research, I have identified how the Egyptian government – as an example of the
Sub-altern state – relates to the large number of refugees that exist in the country
and how this relationship is affected by the weak structure of the state. The stance
of the... (More)
This paper explores the nature of migration in Egypt from a Sub-altern realist
perspective. As a criticism of traditional realist theories, Sub-altern realism argues
that states in the Third World are defined by their weak state structure, which in
turn changes their behavior both towards other states and on the domestic arena.
This paper is based on findings from a Minor Field Study that I conducted in
Egypt during the summer of 2012. With the help of interviews and empirical
research, I have identified how the Egyptian government – as an example of the
Sub-altern state – relates to the large number of refugees that exist in the country
and how this relationship is affected by the weak structure of the state. The stance
of the government is one of 'passive expulsion', where the state does not adopt any
measures to integrate or alleviate the suffering of the refugees beyond the
immediate necessities. Instead, it relies on the international community.
I also examine how the stance of passive expulsion affects the aid community
active in the country and how this stance creates problems in communication
between the organizations and towards the refugees. In the summarizing chapter, I
demonstrate that this stance is dictated by external and internal pressures on the
Egyptian state. I conclude that, when studying a field such as migration, one must
always include an analysis of the domestic situation in the affected countries. (Less)
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author
Jandréus, Daniel LU
supervisor
organization
course
STVK01 20122
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Subaltern realism, Egypt, migration, Minor Field Study
language
English
id
3357921
date added to LUP
2013-02-05 14:35:06
date last changed
2013-02-05 14:35:06
@misc{3357921,
  abstract     = {This paper explores the nature of migration in Egypt from a Sub-altern realist
perspective. As a criticism of traditional realist theories, Sub-altern realism argues
that states in the Third World are defined by their weak state structure, which in
turn changes their behavior both towards other states and on the domestic arena.
This paper is based on findings from a Minor Field Study that I conducted in
Egypt during the summer of 2012. With the help of interviews and empirical
research, I have identified how the Egyptian government – as an example of the
Sub-altern state – relates to the large number of refugees that exist in the country
and how this relationship is affected by the weak structure of the state. The stance
of the government is one of 'passive expulsion', where the state does not adopt any
measures to integrate or alleviate the suffering of the refugees beyond the
immediate necessities. Instead, it relies on the international community.
I also examine how the stance of passive expulsion affects the aid community
active in the country and how this stance creates problems in communication
between the organizations and towards the refugees. In the summarizing chapter, I
demonstrate that this stance is dictated by external and internal pressures on the
Egyptian state. I conclude that, when studying a field such as migration, one must
always include an analysis of the domestic situation in the affected countries.},
  author       = {Jandréus, Daniel},
  keyword      = {Subaltern realism,Egypt,migration,Minor Field Study},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Stranded in an Urban Landscape},
  year         = {2013},
}