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The "Politics of Reception & Arrival" Subproject

Principle Investigator: Prof. Dr. Sabine Hess, University of Göttingen, Institute of Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology

Project staff: Johanna Elle, M.A., University of Göttingen, Institute of Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology

Subject Areas: Cultural Anthropology and Migration Studies

The subproject "Gender as a category of differentiation in reception policies. Rationalizations, circumstances, and effects of women-specific support structures" examines gendered reception and arrival policies, with a focus on local policies, housing, and the self-organization of refugee women. Using the example of selected cities in Lower Saxony, different gendered negotiations and struggles within reception politics are analyzed by examining practices of volunteers, accommodation operators, refugees, and local agencies. The researchers use a cultural anthropological multilevel policy analysis to focus on political discourses, specific knowledge formats, and policies regarding “safe spaces” and their local implementation. In addition, the perspectives of refugees are included in the research: needs, self-images, and self-organized political practices are examined and then compared with German ideas of protection and emancipation.


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