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Managing Displacement : Refugees and the Politics of Humanitarianism - Jennifer Hyndman

Managing Displacement

Refugees and the Politics of Humanitarianism

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2000
ISBN: 9780816633531
Number Of Pages: 288

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Media images of people whose lives are destroyed by international and civil conflicts have long engaged our imaginations and emotions. But what happens to these refugees after displacement, and who takes on the responsibility of reconstructing shattered lives? Since the end of the Cold War, patterns of refugee management have changed dramatically, as states look to avoid the legal obligations and costs of asylum. Working for humanitarian agencies in Kenya and Somalia, Jennifer Hyndman determined that in spite of their best efforts, too often the camps in which these agencies operate can offer only a short-term palliative. In Managing Displacement, Hyndman uses unique insider knowledge both to challenge the political and cultural assumptions of current humanitarian practices and to expose the distancing strategies that characterize present operations.

Managing Displacement looks specifically at the powerful organizations that serve refugees -- particularly the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). Hyndman provides a close reading of humanitarianism on the ground as she examines the policies and practices of the organization at various levels. She offers constructive criticism of organizations like UNHCR, discerning patterns of "ordering disorder" and "disciplining displacement" in their responses to emergencies.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Scripting Humanitarianism: a Geography of "refugee" and the Respatialization of Responsep. 1
Border Crossings: the Politics of Mobilityp. 29
Managing Difference: Gender and Culture in Humanitarian Emergenciesp. 61
In the Field: Camps, Compounds, and Other Spacesp. 87
Ordering Disorder: Sitreps, Headcounts, and Other Instrumentsp. 117
Crossing Borders in Theory and Practicep. 149
Beyond the Status Quop. 169
Notesp. 193
Bibliographyp. 229
Indexp. 247
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ISBN: 9780816633531
ISBN-10: 0816633533
Series: BORDERLINES
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st April 2000
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 16

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