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Spirit and Body, Heart and Soul: Exploring Student Narratives through Higher Education in Exile

Spirit and Body, Heart and Soul: Exploring Student Narratives through Higher Education in Exile

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Title: Spirit and Body, Heart and Soul: Exploring Student Narratives through Higher Education in Exile
Author: Afrazeh, Aida
Abstract: Refugee higher education, as a subset of the larger education in emergencies field, has been rapidly growing since the 2000s. However, a deeper exploration of student experiences is needed to critically understand the potentially transformative aspects of higher education. Responding to this gap, this research draws on fieldwork data collected in Amman, Jordan in summer 2016. It aims to interrogate how higher education can open avenues for alternative narratives for refugee students. The uptake of higher education by refugees challenges discursively limiting representations by giving students an avenue through which they can connect to their own pasts and futures, while also transforming their present lived experiences. A feminist lens is used to draw attention to the racialized and gendered differences among students experiences. By re-centering discussions of refugee higher education around students themselves, this research is intended to help better align development praxis to flow from this crucial starting point.
Subject: Middle Eastern studies
Keywords: Agency
Community development
Development
Development studies
Displacement
Education in emergencies
Empowerment
Forced migration
Higher education
Homemaking
Humanitarianism
International development
International education
Jordan
Migration
Refugee representation
Refugee studies
Student narratives
Type: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Rights: Author owns copyright, except where explicitly noted. Please contact the author directly with licensing requests.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/33613
Supervisor: Giles, Wenona
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Program: Development Studies
Exam date: 2017-04-13
Publish on: 2017-07-27

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