In the Jordan compact, signed in 2016, Jordan committed to improving access to education and legal employment for Syrian refugees in return for funds and benefits from the European Union.
The Jordan compact has led to a dramatic increase of Syrian refugees working in new sectors like skilled forestry and fishery works, and plant and machine services.
Against this backdrop, new questions about refugee lives and livelihoods have emerged around the objectification, codification, and incorporation of the idea of “work”.
In this seminar, Sarah Tobin examines the cultural and gendered aspects of the evolving work permit issuances for Syrian refugees in Jordan. Tobin also critically explores the ethical issues embedded in security, governance, and economic development policies that can be argued as pathways to achieve dignified and regularised labour conditions for refugees.
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Sarah Tobin is an anthropologist focusing on Islam, economic anthropology, and displacement/migration in the Middle East and East Africa.
Her work explores transformations in religious and economic life, identity construction, and personal piety. She also examines the intersections with gender, Islamic authority and normative Islam, public ethics, and Islamic authenticity. Ethnographically, her work has focused to a large degree on Islamic piety in the economy, especially Islamic Banking and Finance. Dr. Tobin also explore these questions in times of economic shifts, such as during Ramadan, in contested fields of consumption such as the hijab, and the Arab Spring.
Her latest research projects examine these questions with Syrian refugees in Jordanian camps of Za`atari, Azraq, and Cyber City, and in Results-Based Financing in Tanzania.
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