New book co-edited by Tom Scott-Smith explores refugee shelter

03 June, 2020

A new book by Tom Scott-Smith and Mark E Breeze of the University of Cambridge, Structures of Protection? Rethinking Refugee Shelter, questions what shelter is and how we can define it.

The volume, published by Berghahn Books, brings together essays on different forms of refugee shelter, with a view to widening public understanding about the lives of forced migrants and developing theoretical understanding of this oft-neglected facet of the refugee experience.

Drawing on a range of disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, law, architecture, and history, each of the chapters describes a particular shelter and uses this to open up theoretical reflections on the relationship between architecture, place, politics, design and displacement. 

The book is a product of a conference, convened by Scott-Smith and Breeze, which took place in 2018 at St. Cross College.

Tom Scott-Smith and Mark E Breeze (eds0 (2020) Structures of Protection? Rethinking Refugee Shelter, Berghahn Books