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Refugees and the Transformation of Societies : Agency, Policies, Ethics and Politics - Philomena Essed

Refugees and the Transformation of Societies

Agency, Policies, Ethics and Politics

By: Philomena Essed (Editor), George Frerks (Editor), Joke Schrijvers (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 15th June 2004
ISBN: 9781571818669
Number Of Pages: 248

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The refusal or reception of refugees has had serious implications for the social policies and social realities of numerous countries in east and west. Exploring experiences, interpretations and practices of 'refugees,' 'the internally displaced' and 'returnees' in or emerging from societies in violent conflict, this volume challenges prevailing orthodoxies and encourages new developments in refugee studies. It also addresses the ethics and politics of interventions by professionals and policy makers, using case studies of refugees from or in South Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and the Americas. These illustrate the dynamic nature of situations where refugees, policy- makers and practitioners interact in trying to construct new livelihoods in transforming societies.

Without a proper understanding of this dynamic nature, so the volume argues overall, it is not possible to develop successful strategies for the accommodation and integration of refugees.

Introduction : refugees, agency and social transformationp. 1
Refugeehood, loss and social change : Eritrean refugees and returneesp. 19
Repatriation : Angolan refugees or migrating villagers?p. 31
Space and movement in the Sri Lankan conflictp. 42
Contested refugee status : human rights, ethics and social responsibilitiesp. 53
A life project out of turmoil : displacement and gender in Colombiap. 69
Permanent refugees : female camp inhabitants in Biharp. 81
New opportunities : angry young men in a Tanzanian refugee campp. 94
Identities and the sense of belonging : Iranian women activists in exilep. 106
A community empowered? : the Bosnia Project in the U.K.p. 121
Refugee-generated return : the case of Guatemalap. 135
Between victim and agent : women's ambivalent empowerment in displacementp. 151
Refugees between relief and developmentp. 167
Rethinking the relation between relief and development : 'villagisation' in Rwandap. 179
Dilemmas of humanitarian aid : supporting internal refugees in Sri Lankap. 190
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ISBN: 9781571818669
ISBN-10: 1571818669
Series: Forced Migrations
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 15th June 2004
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48