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The liminality of Palestinian refugees: betwixt and between global politics and international law

Mason, V. (2019) The liminality of Palestinian refugees: betwixt and between global politics and international law. Journal of Sociology . In Press.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1177/1440783319882539
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Abstract

Numbering over 5 million people, Palestinians comprise one of the longest-standing refugee populations in modern history. This article argues that the ongoing dispossession of Palestinian refugees is the result of the liminality they have been accorded within international law and global politics. This liminality includes Palestinians being the only refugee cohort not explicitly protected by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) mandate; and their right to return to their homeland – one of the most widely recognised basic rights under refugee law – occluded and reframed as a matter for political negotiation with Israel. The liminality of Palestinian refugees, this article demonstrates, results from the dominant narrative concerning the displacement of Palestinians from their homeland in 1947–8; the role this narrative plays in the hegemonic discourse shaping Israeli-Palestinian relations more widely; and how this narrative and wider discourse are mutually reproducing, resulting in significant intergenerational injustice for Palestinian refugees.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Global Studies
Publisher: Sage
Copyright: © 2019 by Australian Sociological Association
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/53221
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