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Arar and Colleagues Highlight Culture as Key to Biopyschosocial Development for Arab Americans

Posted: 2/8/2024 (CSDE Research)

CSDE Affiliate Dr. Rawan Arar (Law, Societies, and Justice) authored a chapter with Dr. Kristine J. Ajrouch and Dr. Sylvia C. Nassar, titled “Contexts of Immigration and Diversity: Biopsychosocial Implications for Arab Americans” in the edited volume, Biopsychosocial Perspectives on Arab Americans. Their chapter focuses on contexts of emigration and reception to interrogate the refugee-migrant binary in a unique way, shifting scholarly attention away from a focus on state logics, discrimination at border crossings, or the impact of public opinion on the potential for reception. They argue that scholars and practitioners who are interested in examining health outcomes among Arab newcomers and Arab Americans should consider lived experiences beyond state-ascribed labels (i.e., “refugee,” “asylum seeker,” or “immigrant”).

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