Aiding Activism? Humanitarianism’s Impacts on Mobilized Syrian Refugees in Jordan

in Middle East Law and Governance
Restricted Access
Get Access to Full Text
Rent on DeepDyve

Have an Access Token?

Enter your access token to activate and access content online.

Please login and go to your personal user account to enter your access token.



Have Institutional Access?

Login with your institution. Any other coaching guidance?


A common narrative of the Syrian conflict suggests that it began with a grassroots uprising and devolved into a violent war between armed actors, leaving civilians to become victims or warriors. A more careful consideration of developments in and around Syria uncovers evidence of continued unarmed mobilization among civilians. Indeed, refugees in neighboring countries like Jordan are deeply engaged in humanitarian, developmental, and political endeavors. In this study, qualitative research and a unique survey together demonstrate that Syrians in Jordan have engaged in abundant activism on behalf of the Syrian cause. Still, the overwhelming militarism and humanitarianism that have characterized the Syrian crisis have had their impacts: activist organization is constricted and configured by security imperatives and, paradoxically, by the aid regime assisting civilians in the conflict. In turn, activism has evolved from grassroots mobilization to a formal and aid-based response to a humanitarian crisis.

  • View in gallery

    Eligible participants were 18 years or older, of Syrian origin living or working in Amman Governorate, had not previously engaged in the survey, and had engaged in activism on behalf of the Syrian cause since coming to Jordan

  • View in gallery

    Education (proportions presented with 95% confidence intervals)

  • View in gallery

    Place of origin of registered Syrian refugees in Jordan (Dec. 2016 figures from unhcr) and of activist refugees in Amman Governorate

  • View in gallery

    Form of activism that participants have been engaged in most recently

  • View in gallery

    In red, the activism that participants have engaged in since coming to Jordan. In blue, the form of activism they have been engaged in most recently

Index Card
Content Metrics

Content Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 408 396 23
Full Text Views 345 345 9
PDF Downloads 24 24 0
EPUB Downloads 0 0 0