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date: 22 March 2019

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This chapter examines scholarly debates surrounding the politics of ‘refugee voices’ as well as the complex relationship between emic and etic narratives and representations of the experiences of refugees and internally displaced persons. It discusses assumptions regarding the existence of ‘a refugee voice’ and how it has been dealt with in academic and policy discourses. It also highlights different configurations of the production and consumption of emic narratives of forced migration and displacement, the factors shaping these narratives, and the embedded power relations that permeate them. In particular, it considers how refugees contest the processes which lead to the silencing and marginalization of their narratives and experiences.

Keywords: politics, refugee voices, narratives, experiences, refugees, internally displaced persons, forced migration, displacement, power relations

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