Professions on the move, Migration and new Masculinities: The case of Iraqi refugees in Jordan
School of Medicine Health Policy and Practice University of East Anglia Norwich, UK
Al Makhamerha, Sahar
Social Science Al Balqa University Jordan,
Al Jahoub, Mahasen
Faculty of Law University of Jordan Amman, Jordan
The displacement of large numbers of Iraqi people and their migration to Jordan is currently one of country's biggest challenges as several flows of Iraqi population resident temporarily in Jordan, are causing a humanitarian crisis. Lack of preparedness and effective social work interventions have rendered Iraqi refugees in Jordan a marginalised, disadvantaged group facing serious financial, health and social problems.
New patterns of family and professional life resulting from migration have long been shown to challenge gender relations and traditional constructions of femininity and masculinity. However, the intersectionality of gender, ethnicity, culture and religion and the impact on professional identity among Arab male professionals after displacement has received little attention.
This paper discusses prospective work aiming to explore the identity projects of displaced Iraqi professional men leaving in Jordan in the last five years. Drawing on a feminist post-structuralist paradigm we aim to raise understanding about the interplay of normative discourses of Iraqi masculinity and notions of professional work after displacement.