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Title: At Home with Displacement? Material culture as site of resistance in Sudan
Authors: Motasim, Hanaa ×
Heynen, Hilde #
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Berg
Series Title: Home Cultures vol:8 issue:1 pages:43-70
Abstract: This article displays the complexity and ambivalences that emerge as a result of a long-lasting condition of displacement. It discusses the experiences of war displaced persons, more specifically within the borders of their own countries, taking Sudan as a case study. Sudan is the country which has witnessed the largest number of ‘internally displacement persons’ (IDPs) worldwide. The paper focuses on both the physical displacement of the southern Sudanese IDPs who have arrived at the borders of a capital city (Khartoum), and the other forms of displacement related to the complex multitude of changes in their social, cultural and economic environment. This has caused the displaced to design their own distinct ways of perceiving and interacting with space; drawing their own stand-points of resistance towards an all encompassing forceful urban environment that is in every way different from the lands and cultures from which they were forced to flee. ‘Home’ in this condition might be redefined to suit the tactics of resistance which are devised to deal with the conditions of displacement, tactics that engage with a condition of rather continuous mobility and detachment’ ‘Home’ in such a case might no longer be the stable statuary physical manifestation which is rooted concretely to a specific ‘place’ but rather the “mobile symbolic habitat” which can be taken to the next place in the next journey.
ISSN: 1740-6315
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Department of Architecture - miscellaneous
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