Shifting Youth Identities and Notions of Citizenship in the Palestinian Diaspora: The Case of Lebanon
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It is currently estimated that 455,000 Palestinians live as stateless refugees in Lebanon (UNRWA, 2012a). However, as ‘non-citizens’ of Lebanon, Palestinians lack even the most basic civil, political, social and economic rights in the country and are excluded from active participation in Lebanese public life. This raises important questions about how Palestinian young people develop a sense of ‘national’ belonging and come to identify with concepts of ‘citizenship’ in the context of exile and in the absence of state structures and institutions, such as schools. Moreover, it raises questions about how young Palestinians come to embrace a sense of national belonging within the context of shifting discourses in Palestinian society and ever-changing notions of authentic ‘Palestinianness’.
KeywordsPalestinian Refugee Modern Nation State Palestinian Woman Palestine Liberation Organization International Labour Migration
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