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Surviving the War in Syria


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Introduction. How civilians protect themselves; 1. Theory of civilian survival strategies; 2. Interviewing Syrian refugees; 3. Who has violent experiences? The reinforcing misfortunes of dangerous locations and dangerous connections; 4. How psychological transformations change conflict understandings: narrative evolution vs. narrative rupture; 5. How wasta provides opportunity to act safely; 6. Why and how people share information during conflict; 7. Choosing when to migrate; 8. Conclusion

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Demonstrates how civilian behaviour in conflict zones involves repertoires of survival strategies, not just migration.

About the Author

Justin Schon is Post-doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Florida, where his work focuses on the modelling of migration, armed conflict, and development. He is the author of articles in the Journal of Peace Research, Perspectives on Politics, Journal of Refugee Studies, Civil Wars, International Interactions, Political Geography, and Journal of Social Structure.


'In this outstanding study, Schon advances our theoretical and empirical understanding of civilian agency in civil war. Taking on the individual psychology, emotion, and social relationships that underlie citizen behavior, supported with fascinating data from Syrian migrants, the book is both ambitious and rich.' Michael G. Findley, University of Texas, Austin
'Schon offers a rich, insightful analysis of coping strategies during the Syrian War. Through extensive field research and surveys of refugees, this book provides a micro-level look into the difficult decisions civilians make during armed conflict. Given the international significance of the Syrian conflict, this book could not be timelier.' Idean Salehyan, University of North Texas
'Surviving the War in Syria analyzes how civilians seek safety during civil war. Schon develops new theory about civilian survival strategies, and reports careful and extensive qualitative and quantitative fieldwork among refugees from Syria, making an important contribution to our understanding of civilian behavior in the face of war and conflict.' James Igoe Walsh, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

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