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Title: In the cracks of the big city : what economic opportunities for Palestinian-origin Jordanians of east Amman since 1989?
Author: El-Abed, Oroub Anwar Bader
ISNI:       0000 0004 5346 8045
Awarding Body: SOAS, University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2015
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This thesis examines the relationship between refugee-citizens and the state, through questioning the social citizenship rights that a fraction of disenfranchised Palestinianorigin Jordanians, living in East Amman, have been able to access since 1989. I analyse how state politics have rendered both refugee-citizens' access to socioeconomic rights and their integration as citizens, as Palestinian refugees and as vulnerable class more challenging. The patrimonial relationship between the state and its citizens has strengthened the class stratification and widened the disparities amongst people from different classes and statuses, often nurtured by state power. The political economy of rentierism has enabled the state to distribute its resources, in what may benefit its own interest in terms of shaping of national identity and serving its political and economic concerns. In Jordan, the neoliberalistion era since 1989 has dwelled on this politics, 'the politics of divisiveness', and widened further the disparities between citizens. Focusing on education and employment narratives of Palestinian-origin Jordanians of East Amman, this thesis analyses the ways social citizenship rights have been accessed. It considers the ways the state seeks to manage its hybrid peoples and how they have influenced the access to rights and usurped the essence of citizenship. This work demonstrates that such politics has made marginal subjects of Palestinian-origin Jordanians struggling for livelihoods within peripheral places in inner cities. While studying the challenges to access better economic opportunities, the politics of the state in managing its peoples have been unfolding, seeking to understand the process through which Palestinian refugees, holders of official Jordanian citizenship, have become disaffiliated from the broader society.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.665103  DOI: Not available
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