What Does It Mean to Be Young for Syrian Men Living as Refugees in Cairo?

  • Magdalena Suerbaum School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Keywords: Youth, Masculinity, Displacement, Syria, Egypt


This article deals with Syrian young men who fled to Egypt after the uprising in 2011. Their life was affected by the challenges stemming from displacement, such as their confrontation with new responsibilities, unknown vulnerabilities and emotions, liminality and precarity. They suffered from forced displacement in a gender- and age-specific way.

Author Biography

Magdalena Suerbaum, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

has submitted her doctoral thesis at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London in September 2017 and just defended it successfully. Her PhD thesis is entitled "Mosaics of masculinity: gender negotiations among Syrian refugee men in Egypt." In October 2017, Suerbaum has started working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Göttingen, Germany). Her research focus is on the social implications of the various legal statuses of recent asylum-seekers in Germany.

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