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Refugees, Conflict and the Search for Belonging

Authors: Hovil, Lucy

  • Focuses on refugees across the Great Lakes region, with research and analysis that crosses borders
  • Presents rich, empirical data collected over six years that incorporates social science methodology with a rights-based framework
  • Draws out core thematic issues that speak to wider issues of inclusion and exclusion 
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-33563-6
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About this book

This book is about the convergence of two problems: the ongoing realities of conflict and forced migration in Africa’s Great Lakes region, and the crisis of citizenship and belonging. By bringing them together, the intention is to see how, combined, they can help point the way towards possible solutions. Based on 1,115 interviews conducted over 6 years in the region, the book points to ways in which refugees challenge the parameters of citizenship and belonging as they carve out spaces for inclusion in the localities in which they live. Yet with a policy environment that often leads to marginalisation, the book highlights the need for policies that pull people into the centre rather than polarise and exclude; and that draw on, rather than negate, the creativity that refugees demonstrate in their quest to forge spaces of belonging.

About the authors

Dr. Lucy Hovil has sixteen years of experience conducting research amongst displaced and conflict-affected groups in East and Central Africa, first with the Refugee Law Project of Makerere University, Uganda, and then with the International Refugee Rights Initiative. She received her PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, UK, in 2000, and is the Managing Editor of the International Journal of Transitional Justice.

Reviews

“An indispensable analysis of the complex dynamics of displacement and citizenship in Eastern and Central Africa, presented in a highly accessible and engaging manner.” (Dr. Jeff Crisp, Founder and head of UNHCR's Policy Development and Evaluation Service, 2006-2013; and currently Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, and Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House)

“Hovil has produced a work of epic importance that unravels the most persistent and stubborn genesis of state collapse and dysfunction in the Great Lakes region.  She pinpoints the failure of citizenship and belonging -- for refugee and indigene alike -- as the bane of the post-colonial state in one of the most volatile regions on the planet.  The book's payoff is in the suggestion of a sophisticated understanding of conflict and reconstruction.  This is without doubt one of the most insightful works on the political cauldron that is the Great lakes.” (Prof. Makau Mutua, SUNY Distinguished Professor, SUNY Buffalo Law School and Chair of the Kenya National Human Rights Commission)

Refugees, conflict and the search for belonging is an empirically rich and thought provoking investigation of the nexus between conflict, citizenship and displacement in the African Great Lakes region. Drawing on extensive field research covering multiple countries, Lucy Hovil critically investigates how humanitarianism and humanitarian structures shape our understanding of refugee crises and in turn inform how the international community responds to them. By bringing back into focus conflict and linking her analysis to the politics of belonging and citizenship in the region, the book thread an original path, inviting readers to think differently to the link between forced displacement and the politics of belonging that underpins it.” (Dr. Nando Sigona, Senior Lecturer & Birmingham Fellow, Deputy Director, Institute for Research into Superdiversity, School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Hovil, Lucy

    Pages 1-16

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  • Conflict and Displacement, Citizenship and Belonging: A Framework for Discussion

    Hovil, Lucy

    Pages 17-42

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  • Living Through Exile: (Not) Belonging to a State

    Hovil, Lucy

    Pages 43-72

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  • Living Through Exile: Belonging to the Local

    Hovil, Lucy

    Pages 73-96

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  • Local and National Belonging in Exile: Convergence or Divergence?

    Hovil, Lucy

    Pages 97-121

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Buy this book

eBook 95,19 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-33563-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 123,04 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-33562-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Refugees, Conflict and the Search for Belonging
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-33563-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-33563-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-33562-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 206
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
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