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About Estella Carpi

Estella Carpi is presently a Research Associate at University College London and Humanitarian Affairs Adviser at Save the Children UK. She received her PhD from the University of Sydney in Australia, researching social responses to crisis and crisis management in Lebanon. After studying Arabic, she has been conducting research in the Middle Eastern region since 2005, primarily focusing on displacement, forced migration, humanitarian assistance, and welfare provision. She has lectured in the Social Sciences in Australia, Lebanon, Italy, and Turkey.

Articles by Estella Carpi

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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Supporting refugee livelihoods or host stability? The two sides of the coin

For many refugees, the humanitarian programmes focusing on "livelihoods" end up having merely an "accessory" role rather than generating sustainable labour.

The intimacy of tyranny: Syria's de facto state legitimacy

The state has remained resilient in conflict-ridden Syria. A look into the intricacies of the abusive citizen-state relationship, and the state's Hobbesian passion for self-preservation.

Syria: when representational violence is as ruthless as political violence

Our representations of what happens in Syria contribute to the ongoing violence. The rhetoric allows the self-nominated international community to rationalise an ongoing structure of suffering, done with the best of intentions.

The alliance of media and humanitarianism in Lebanon

With the growing Syrian refugee crisis, media entrepreneurs seem to care more about protecting the orthodox morality of humanitarianism, with the excuse of preserving social order - as conceived by them - rather than educating the public.

Islamic 'Resistance' in the southern suburbs of Beirut

Islamic Resistance is normally understood as military activism: armed actors using the same ideology and undertaking distinct political aims sometimes using force. But in Dahiyye, 'Resistance' can also be conceived of as a social ethic, one that engages multiple and diverse ethnic and religious identities.

Confessionalization fundamentalism: commodifying religious identities in the Middle East

Middle Eastern revolutionaries and spectators alike, deprived in the media of any representation of their own agency and denied the chance of producing their own new life chances, end up commodifying the identities they are exposed to within their social pattern

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