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Friend or foe – A qualitative field study on intergroup relations among Palestinian refugees in Lebanon

Törnblom, Casper LU (2017) STVK02 20171
Department of Political Science
Abstract
As the world becomes more global so does the conflicts and refugee movements. Whilst many have studied the tensions between the communities of host nations and refugee groups this thesis aims to explore what type of tension and conflict that occurs when one refugee group hosts another. In order to do so this thesis seeks to answer in what way, if any, the arrival of the Palestinian Refugees from Syria has affected the relationship among Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon. The study is conducted as a qualitative minor field study in Lebanon and semi-structured interviews has been used as the main source of information. The result is analysed according to a theoretical framework, the intergroup threat theory, which aims to single out important... (More)
As the world becomes more global so does the conflicts and refugee movements. Whilst many have studied the tensions between the communities of host nations and refugee groups this thesis aims to explore what type of tension and conflict that occurs when one refugee group hosts another. In order to do so this thesis seeks to answer in what way, if any, the arrival of the Palestinian Refugees from Syria has affected the relationship among Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon. The study is conducted as a qualitative minor field study in Lebanon and semi-structured interviews has been used as the main source of information. The result is analysed according to a theoretical framework, the intergroup threat theory, which aims to single out important antecedents of threats and why symbolic and realistic threats occur between groups. The thesis finds that discrimination and tension exist between the groups and that the main reason behind it is due to provocative cross-cutting identities among the Syrian Palestinians and the economic difficulties the Syrian Crisis has brought along. (Less)
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Törnblom, Casper LU
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STVK02 20171
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Intergroup Threat Theory, Lebanon, Syria, PRS, PRL collective identity, refugee, symbolic threat, realistic threat, Palestinian, conflict
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English
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Acknowledgments

First of all, without the financial support of Sida which offered me a Minor Field Study Scholarship for undergraduate studies, this work would not have been possible. I would also like to express my sincere appreciation to a few individuals that made this thesis possible, enjoyable and in some ways even life changing. Thank you, Rodolph Gebrael at Diakonia Lebanon, for being my field supervisor, without your connections and help I would have been lost. Thank you Abu Moujahed for the many long, hard and enjoyable conversations in Shatila and thank you for sharing your great knowledge about the Palestinian cause with me. Thank you Yasser Dawoud and Samir Sharari at Nabaa – Development action without borders, for arranging everything in the camps and taking the time to help me. Thank you Malak for being an excellent interpreter and friend. At last, I would like to thank Therese Larsson Hultin at Svenska Dagbladet for your gripping article “De säger att vi lever som djur” which inspired me to conduct the study and write this thesis.
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  abstract     = {As the world becomes more global so does the conflicts and refugee movements. Whilst many have studied the tensions between the communities of host nations and refugee groups this thesis aims to explore what type of tension and conflict that occurs when one refugee group hosts another. In order to do so this thesis seeks to answer in what way, if any, the arrival of the Palestinian Refugees from Syria has affected the relationship among Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon. The study is conducted as a qualitative minor field study in Lebanon and semi-structured interviews has been used as the main source of information. The result is analysed according to a theoretical framework, the intergroup threat theory, which aims to single out important antecedents of threats and why symbolic and realistic threats occur between groups. The thesis finds that discrimination and tension exist between the groups and that the main reason behind it is due to provocative cross-cutting identities among the Syrian Palestinians and the economic difficulties the Syrian Crisis has brought along.},
  author       = {Törnblom, Casper},
  keyword      = {Intergroup Threat Theory,Lebanon,Syria,PRS,PRL collective identity,refugee,symbolic threat,realistic threat,Palestinian,conflict},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Friend or foe – A qualitative field study on intergroup relations among Palestinian refugees in Lebanon},
  year         = {2017},
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