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Masculinities and Displacement in the Middle East: Syrian Refugees in Egypt

Masculinities and Displacement in the Middle East: Syrian Refugees in Egypt Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/jmews/article-pdf/19/2/244/1982859/244zadhycepoglu.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 12 August 2023 REVIEW Magdalena Suerbaum London: Tauris, 2020 224 pages. ISBN 978183860404 Reviewed by AMINATH NISHA ZADHY-ÇEPOĞLU Magdalena Suerbaum’s book presents an absorbing discussion rooted in masculinities and displacement and underlines the gender-specific challenges that displaced Syrian men face in Egypt. Through an intersectional lens, Suerbaum asks how men engage with the expectations surrounding masculinities and how their notions of masculinities (and femininity) shape the performance of their gender. Using detailed vignettes she paints an evocative picture of how displacement disrupts Syrian men’s aspiration for a middle-class heteropatriarchal family structure and how they cope with the impairments that displace- ment brings to their masculine sense of self. In successive chapters Suerbaum highlights how notions about class in the Syrian context accompany displacement, transmute in the Egyptian context, and are deployed to renegotiate masculinities as a displaced person. Chapter 1 introduces a chief feature of everyday life in Syria: the military’s omni- presence shaping Syrian boys through childhood and culminating in the military service mandatory for all adult males. Even though the men come from an environment where the militarization is normalized and deployed into mundane civil life, Suerbaum’s interlocu- tors http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Middle East Women s Studies Duke University Press

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ISSN
1552-5864
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1558-9579
DOI
10.1215/15525864-10462425
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Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/jmews/article-pdf/19/2/244/1982859/244zadhycepoglu.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 12 August 2023 REVIEW Magdalena Suerbaum London: Tauris, 2020 224 pages. ISBN 978183860404 Reviewed by AMINATH NISHA ZADHY-ÇEPOĞLU Magdalena Suerbaum’s book presents an absorbing discussion rooted in masculinities and displacement and underlines the gender-specific challenges that displaced Syrian men face in Egypt. Through an intersectional lens, Suerbaum asks how men engage with the expectations surrounding masculinities and how their notions of masculinities (and femininity) shape the performance of their gender. Using detailed vignettes she paints an evocative picture of how displacement disrupts Syrian men’s aspiration for a middle-class heteropatriarchal family structure and how they cope with the impairments that displace- ment brings to their masculine sense of self. In successive chapters Suerbaum highlights how notions about class in the Syrian context accompany displacement, transmute in the Egyptian context, and are deployed to renegotiate masculinities as a displaced person. Chapter 1 introduces a chief feature of everyday life in Syria: the military’s omni- presence shaping Syrian boys through childhood and culminating in the military service mandatory for all adult males. Even though the men come from an environment where the militarization is normalized and deployed into mundane civil life, Suerbaum’s interlocu- tors

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Journal of Middle East Women s StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Jul 1, 2023

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