Non-Places - with a focus on refugee movement

Magnus Sonne, Noella Birisawa, Gabriella Muasya, Teresa Bengtsson, Akvile Buitvydaite & Katrine Vigne

Student thesis: Termpaper


This project sets out to gain a better understanding of how different spaces are negotiated by analyzing the journey narrative of a Syrian refugee, published in ‘The Guardian’ in June 2015. Our paper begins by delving into the concepts of space, place and non-place taking Marc Augé’s book Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity as a starting point. We try to comprehend how places and non-places are imagined, constructed and maintained through various power relations. Analyzing the narrative, it becomes explicit that a person’s experiences in spaces are strongly confined by refugee laws and one’s position. Our project will additionally introduce Egon Kunz’s refugee theory from his essay Exile and Resettlement: Refugee Theory and apply it to the chosen narrative. Finally, the discussion invites to an investigation of how Augé’s theoretical concepts contribute to Kunz’s theory.

EducationsBasic - International Bachelor Study Programme in Humanities, (Bachelor Programme) Basic
Publication date21 Dec 2015
SupervisorsPrem Poddar


  • Kunz
  • refugee
  • Non-place
  • Augé
  • Cresswell
  • Spivak
  • place
  • space