Camps: A Guide to 21st-Century Space by Charlie Hailey

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Camp spaces register these struggles, emergencies, and possibilities of our contemporary world. On August 17, 2005, the CNN program “American Morning” began with a report on Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas, before (/ @EKIF;L:K@FE moving seamlessly to the program’s main story about the forced evacuation of Gaza that had begun the previous day. Anchor Soledad O’Brien interviewed two young men who were a part of the Seeds of International Peace Camp in Otisfield, Maine. Liav, a twenty-five-year-old Israeli, and Fadi, a twentyone-year-old Palestinian, discussed their views of the evacuation.

The cross-referencing of these camps takes into account points of view, spatial politics, and the multivalent contexts in which camps are made, whether by choice, need, or force. These relations between categories are highlighted and given special treatment to understand further the objectives and implications of camp spaces. Situations of need found in refugee camps sometimes shift to the politics of control with changes of leadership and organizational techniques. ” Strains of autonomy and control are found in the parallel, though sometimes coincident, contemporary camps of Roma and Gypsy-Travellers in the United Kingdom, where government-regulated council sites have transformed traditional camping methods.

The origins of need have critical implications for those seeking refugee status, with many current stances differentiating “economic migrants” from those specifically fleeing danger. Camps of necessity are also sites of negotiation between external planning and long-held nomadic practices, like those of Gypsy-Travellers, for many of whom self-regulated camps are necessarily integral traditions. Village concept and homeless camps also engage such questions of necessity and autonomy. (, These designations of autonomy, control, and necessity are not exclusive, and overlaps occur.

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