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

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

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

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

Synopsis

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.

Excerpt

Refugees and the Transformation of Societies is about cultures and societies in change, in the process of producing, refusing or receiving refugees. It explores experiences, interpretations and practices of ‘refugees’, ‘internally displaced’ and ‘returnees’ in or emerging from societies in violent conflict. It also addresses ethics and politics of interventions by professionals and policy makers. Contributions elicit specific contexts, histories, conflicts and negotiations in which refugees take part in the course of their flight and resettlement. Authors highlight the extremely dynamic nature of situations where refugees, policy makers and practitioners interact in trying to construct new livelihoods in transforming societies.

The main aim of this volume is to present empirical realities and policy discourses, to challenge prevailing orthodoxies and to encourage new developments in refugee studies and practices. There is a need for reconceptualising notions of migration and refugees, presuppositions about actors and their identities, and the impact of migration on identities and practices of receiving societies. We have reason to believe that the notions of agency and social transformation, central to such an undertaking, contribute to a more adequate, strategic and dynamic understanding of how refugees succeed in remaking their livelihoods, or, for that matter, in surviving a camp environment.

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