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Visiting Research Fellow at TraffLab

Tamar Arev

Dr. Tamar Arev

Tamar Arev is an anthropologist in the field of refugees and material culture, as well as a TraffLab Research Fellow.

She holds a PhD from the department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and currently teaches at the Open University and the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo. Her research focuses on the various ways displaced populations actively create an alternative space of action, mainly by exploring aspects of consumption and material culture among African Asylum Seekers in Israel.

Research at TraffLab: Arev's research will turn the gaze towards the forced movement from East Africa, who serve as the cheapest labor force in Israel. Institutional mechanisms and labor restrictions will be examined in the case of African Asylum Seekers, focusing on the concepts of active agent, group solidarity and minority power.     


Relevant Publications 

Tamar Arev, Between Clothes and the Body: National and Gender Identity among Eritrean Women Refugees,  Journal of Refugee Studies, 32 (2): 302-32 (2019).


Tamar Arev, Out of the (ethnic) closet: Consumer practices among Eritrean refugee Women, Journal of Consumer Culture (2018).


Tamar Arev, Ultra-Technological Refugees: Identity Construction through Consumer Culture among African Refugees in Israel, Glocalism: Journal of Culture, Politics and Innovation (2) (2017), DOI: 10.12893/gjcpi.2017.2.5.

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