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The Long Turning: A Palestinian Refugee in Belgium

By Diana Allan

Cite As:
Allan, Diana. 2020. “The Long Turning: A Palestinian Refugee in Belgium.” Cultural Anthropology 35, no. 2: 225–230.


This article considers the duration and meaning of insecurity—as it is experienced over the course of a life and moves over borders—through the narrative of a Palestinian woman from Shatila now seeking asylum in Belgium. Structured around one person’s account of the asylum process, it considers what a singular case can reveal about a collective migrant condition, the inconstant line separating secure from insecure states, and the reconstitution of a secure self in conditions of chronic uncertainty.


Palestinian refugee; asylum; narrative