Refugees in the IT sector : Young Syrians' economic subjectivities and familial lives in Jordan

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Pascucci , E 2019 , ' Refugees in the IT sector : Young Syrians' economic subjectivities and familial lives in Jordan ' , Geographical Review , vol. 109 , no. 4 , pp. 580-597 . https://doi.org/10.1111/gere.12315

Title: Refugees in the IT sector : Young Syrians' economic subjectivities and familial lives in Jordan
Author: Pascucci, Elisa
Contributor organization: Department of Cultures
Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Date: 2019-10
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Geographical Review
ISSN: 0016-7428
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/gere.12315
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/305755
Abstract: This article explores refugee economic subjectivity in the context of restrictive asylum policies and disrupted transnational family lives. Drawing on fieldwork with young Syrian refugees pursuing IT training in Jordan, I focus on the "coding boot camp," an emerging educational format in the field of refugee professional training. I thus explore how Syrian youths approach humanitarian policies in which, in the absence of full social and economic rights for refugees, the question of livelihoods is addressed through the paradigms of self-reliance, creativity, and innovation. Reframing the refugee from a "protected" to a "productive" subject, and offering individual solutions to a structural economic impasse, these policies produce tensions between individual responsibilities and more-than-individual relations and identifications-with families, religious identities, and national communities-that remain unresolved. The findings contribute to geographical scholarship on economic subjectivity, familial relations, and the migrant and refugee condition, while shedding light on some of the effects of the encounter between technology-centred, neoliberal approaches to humanitarianism and restrictive migration regimes in responses to the Syrian displacement.
Subject: 519 Social and economic geography
5141 Sociology
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc_nd
Usage restriction: openAccess
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