Adapting Social Media to Arabian Gulf Norms

 Social media users adapt technologies to accommodate local privacy concerns. Saudi Arabia ranks seventh in the world for per-capita social media accounts. Much of this use is driven by the popularity of social media among younger generations, who comprise over half the population in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. Yet social media platforms imported […]

Introduction to “Maintaining Refuge”

This introduction is part of the Maintaining Refuge series. The last few years have witnessed a rising tide of concern about a rising tide of refugees and migrants. As some countries have responded positively, others have moved definitively toward rejection. For refugees and migrants, the navigation of being human and becoming human overlays the navigation of […]

The Hidden Costs of Reducing Refugee Arrivals  

Reductions in refugee arrivals diminish the viability of the US resettlement program and threaten those already admitted. This article is part of the Maintaining Refuge series. Refugee resettlement has evolved to rely on private service provision and public funding. Since the end of World War II, the nonprofits doing the work of resettlement have shifted from […]

Migrant Resilience and Refuge in the Trump Era

As we enter a new deportation era migrant communities near and far from the border are getting organized. This article is part of the Maintaining Refuge series. Following the installation of a president who has vowed to create a “deportation force,” communities with undocumented members are experiencing increased levels of fear and stress. Whether living along […]

Ethnic Refuge

South Sudanese refugees reshape institutional and social spaces into “ethnic refuges” that resist assimilation and promote community well-being. This article is part of the Maintaining Refuge series. On July 9, 2011, hundreds of South Sudanese refugees gathered on the Tufts University campus to celebrate the birth of their new nation. The ceremony mirrored a similar, […]

The Sanctuary Tradition Continues

Social movements are resisting regressive asylum policies and providing sanctuary to the migrants in their midst. This introduction is part of the Maintaining Refuge series. The ancient tradition of sanctuary has acquired new relevance in recent years, as governments try to deny refuge to persecuted people and social movements try to provide it. More than 10 […]

Transnational Connections

Could Canada’s private sponsorship program provide a model for successful refugee resettlement? This article is part of the Maintaining Refuge series. In September 2015, media outlets around the world were consumed with powerful images of mass forced Syrian migrations across the Mediterranean. Among these images was the heartbreaking photo of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, who was found […]

Privilege and the Kinship Chart

For our students, talking about kinship may be fraught with pain and discomfort [pquote]With an increasing number of refugees on my campus, I will possibly be asking more students each semester to create kinship charts representing families that may be scarred by geographical separation at best and genocide at worst.[/pquote]In the 2002 second edition of […]

Process the Trump

To understand Trump’s populist appeal we must go beyond linguistic form to focus on the semiotic and ideological dimensions of language use. The rise of populist and anti-intellectual discourses have many scholars and educators concerned about the state of academic freedom. Since the election of Trump, the rise of anti-intellectualism has become a more urgent […]

Trump, Uber, and the Changing Shape of Work

On political rhetoric and the sharing economy boom. “You’re fired.” A decade ago, in the heat of the TV lights, those two words served as Donald Trump’s trademark. The Apprentice was a world energized by endless competition and entrepreneurial risk. No safe employment here. On the campaign trail last year, Trump began broadcasting a new […]