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Dispossession and DisplacementForced Migration in the Middle East and North Africa$
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Dawn Chatty and Bill Finlayson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264591

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264591.001.0001

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‘Hey, Afghani!’ Identity Contentions among Iranians and Afghan Refugees

‘Hey, Afghani!’ Identity Contentions among Iranians and Afghan Refugees

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(p.197) 8. ‘Hey, Afghani!’ Identity Contentions among Iranians and Afghan Refugees
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Dispossession and Displacement
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Zuzanna Olszewska

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264591.003.0009

This chapter addresses issues of identity and rootlessness as expressed through poetry. It focuses in on the second generation of Afghan refugees who were portrayed as a confused generation subjected to the ‘pains of exile’ and ‘identity crisis’. It explores the representations of Afghans in Iran and examines the ways in which the Iran-educated Afghans responded and defied their marginalization through their own discourse and poetry. By examining the poetry of these second generation Afghan refugees, the social transformations taking place in this group or refugees and the tensions in the Iranian society are illuminated. These poems illustrate the distressing ambivalence experienced by the second-generation Afghan refugees in Iran.

Keywords:   issues of identity, rootlessness, second-generation Afghan refugees, Iran, poetry, confused generation, pains of exile, identity crisis, representations of Afghans, marginalization

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