Chatty and Hundt - Chapter 04
This chapter1 examines the lives and narratives of Palestinian refugee
children and adolescents2 living in a refugee camp in Jordan.3 It deals
primarily with how young people - like adults - are both products of
history and society, as well as agents who reshape political,
socioeconomic and cultural processes. Despite the larger collective
experience of colonisation, dispossession and fragmentation, which they
share with all Palestinians, most of the refugees who sought shelter
across the River Jordan or the East Bank have acquired a special
Jordanian-Palestinian experience, which will emerge in the chapter.
Undoubtedly, examining this experience through the lives of children is
of particular significance. Refugee children and young people, enmeshed
in myriad social relations that cross generational boundaries,
constitute the majority of the population and are actively contributing
to the reshaping of Palestinian society and culture.