This thesis examines the Yezidi forced migration crisis by applying Jacques Derrida’s deconstruction of the binary relationships of self and the other (ipseity) and host and guest (hospitality). This approach first uncovers how the application of these categories operates in the Yezidi dilemma. Further, deconstructing the classifications then creates a space for thinking of alternative means of considering identity, foreignness, the hospitality exchange, and competing discourses. With over half of the entire global Yezidi population still living as hosted, forcibly displaced guests after three years, these new windows may provide a better opportunity to critically engage with the emergency situation and its power relationships and give a superior platform for considering durable solutions for the group, such as the prospect of returning home.


Center for Migration and Refugee Studies

Degree Name

MA in Migration & Refugee Studies

Graduation Date


Submission Date

December 2017

First Advisor

Morrison, Ian

Committee Member 1

Natarajan, Usha

Committee Member 2

Heck, Gerda


144 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis


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