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The Cautious Politics of “Humanizing” Refugee Research

Darling, Jonathan

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In this intervention, I reflect on what it may mean to ‘humanize’ refugee research. The assumption often made is that ‘humanizing’ can arise through a concern with the particularity of the individual, through drawing from ‘the mass’ the narrative of the singular and employing this as a means to identify, , and potentially understand others. Yet such a move risks a reliance on creating relations of empathy and compassion that elide political responses to dehumanization and often relies on a assumption of what constitutes the category of “the human,” an assumption that has been critically challenged by post-colonial writing.


Darling, J. (2021). The Cautious Politics of “Humanizing” Refugee Research. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 37(2), 56-62.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Nov 22, 2021
Publication Date 2021
Deposit Date Jan 31, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jan 31, 2022
Journal Refuge: Canada's Journal on Refugees
Print ISSN 0220-5113
Electronic ISSN 0229-5113
Publisher York University Libraries
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 37
Issue 2
Pages 56-62


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