Identity in Conflict
by Madeeha Merchant
About the Book
Identity in Crisis is a two-fold study, to visualize the spatialization of
refugee camps through analyzing crisis across the Middle Eastern
landscape. The research has been structured through macro and micro
frames, to help contextualize the situation and understand the layers of
complexity, through which the refugee camp emerges and is either
absorbed into the urban fabric or itself transforms into a temporary city.
“Today, it is not the city but rather the camp that is the fundamental
bio-political paradigm of the West. The camp as dislocating localization is
the hidden matrix of the politics in which we are still living and it is this
structure of the camp that we must learn to recognize in all its
metamorphoses into the zones d’ attentes of our airports and certain
outskirts of our cities.” Giorgio Agamben explains the political tensions
underlying refugee camps.