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Author Campbell, Madeline Otis, author

Title Interpreters of occupation : gender and the politics of belonging in an Iraqi refugee network / Madeline Otis Campbell
Edition First edition
Published Syracuse, New York : Syracuse University Press, 2016
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Description 1 online resource (xix, 240 pages) : illustrations
Series Gender, culture, and politics in the Middle East
Gender, culture, and politics in the Middle East.
Contents Introduction: Global routes : Baghdad to Boston -- The last Ba'thist generation -- Life and work as a military terp -- Honor and terror on loyalty base -- Reconstructing patriarchy on patrol -- From American ally to Iraqi refugee -- Inside the refugee network and across borders
Summary "During the Iraq War, thousands of young Baghdadis worked as interpreters for US troops, becoming the front line of the so-called War on Terror. Deployed by the military as linguistic as well as cultural interpreters--translating the 'human terrain' of Iraq--members of this network urgently honed identification strategies amid suspicion from US forces, fellow Iraqis, and, not least of all, one another. In Interpreters of Occupation, Campbell traces the experiences of twelve individuals from their young adulthood as members of the Ba'thist generation, to their work as interpreters, through their navigation of the US immigration pipeline, and finally to their resettlement in the United States. Throughout, Campbell considers how these men and women grappled with issues of belonging and betrayal, both on the battlefield in Iraq and in the US-based diaspora. A nuanced and richly detailed ethnography, Interpreters of Occupation gives voice to a generation of US allies through their diverse and vividly rendered life histories. In the face of what some considered a national betrayal in Iraq and their experiences of otherness within the United States, interpreters negotiate what it means to belong to a diasporic community in flux"--Publisher's website
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-229) and index
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Subject Ḥizb al-Baʻth al-ʻArabī al-Ishtirākī (Iraq) -- Biography.
Belonging (Social psychology) -- Political aspects -- Case studies.
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Refugees.
Iraqis -- Migrations -- History -- 21st century.
Iraqis -- United States -- Biography.
Refugees -- United States -- Biography.
Sex role -- Political aspects -- Case studies.
Social networks -- Case studies.
Translators -- Iraq -- Biography.
Young adults -- Iraq -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 081565359X (electronic bk.)
9780815653592 (electronic bk.)