'Your Papers or Your Life': The Significance of Documents in the Life Experiences of African Refugees in Israel
Keywords:Documents, Fetishism, Refugees, Africa, Israel
AbstractThe article focuses on the role of id papers in the lives of African refugees on their way to and in Israel. In the article, I discuss the way in which documents both encapsulate the past and relations and therefore enable one's future, as much as they monitor and control the everyday lives of displaced persons. I therefore wish to examine the complex relationships between persons, documents and institutions, and the way power is manifested through them. In the article I thus show how refugees are not only helpless, but to an extent also ones who can together with others shape and change the face of their present and future.