MANIFESTATIONS OF LIFEWORLD CRISIS AMONG SYRIAN MALE YOUTH IN JORDANIAN REFUGEE CAMPS

  • Mohammed Abdel Karim Al-Hourani University of Sharjah
  • Abdel Baset Azzam Yarmouk University
  • Rania Jaber University of Jordan

Abstract

This study explores manifestations of lifeworld crisis among a sample of 362 Syrian refugee male youth in the Za’atari camp in Jordan. It fills a gap in research about the conditions of Syrian refugees in the camps. The findings reveal that the first-rank manifestation of the crisis was psychological stress: participants reported feeling fearful, distrustful, absent-minded, threatened, and worried, and having difficulty falling asleep. Second, the youth suffered a lack of gratification with regard to food, money, comfortable accommodation, water for drinking and cleaning, health care, and clothes. Third, they had a loss of meaning in their lives, including loss of interest in surrounding events, of hope about the future, of motivation to do things, of quality of life, of friendships, and of freedom. Fourth, they suffered from anomie, which implies loss of respect for moral rules, rights, and regulations, and the loss of physical security, social stability, and human dignity. Coping strategies used by participants to overcome these circumstances included religiosity, belief in returning home, accepting the situation as representing God’s will, regarding the camp as the best alternative, and controlling their feelings.

Author Biographies

Mohammed Abdel Karim Al-Hourani, University of Sharjah

Associate Professor of Applied Sociological Theory, Sociology Department

Abdel Baset Azzam, Yarmouk University

Assistant Professor, Political Sociology

Rania Jaber, University of Jordan

Assistant Professor of Development, Sociology Department

Published
2019-11-26