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date: 18 November 2019

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This chapter examines the lived experience of forced migration and articulates anthropology’s unique contributions to the field of refugee and forced migration studies in documenting the impact of displacement and dispossession on refugees and exiles, their culture, and society. It first discusses the history of anthropology and the academic field of forced migration studies as well as critical anthropological concepts in the field. It then looks at some of the important anthropological studies which pre-dated the ‘fieldwork in a refugee camp’ era of the early 1980s and after. It also considers the significance of the ‘view from below’ centralized through participant observation. Furthermore, it analyses the issue of territorialization, the decoupling of territory and culture, the emergence of transnationalism and diasporas, sedentism and mobility, and the circularity of forced migration including integration, return, and development.

Keywords: forced migration, anthropology, refugee and forced migration studies, displacement, dispossession, refugees, territorialization, territory, culture, mobility

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