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Mistrusting Refugees

by E. V. Daniel

Mistrusting Refugees Synopsis

The twentieth century has seen people displaced on an unprecedented scale and has brought concerns about refugees into sharp focus. There are forty million refugees in the world--1 in 130 inhabitants of this planet. In this first interdisciplinary study of the issue, fifteen scholars from diverse fields focus on the worldwide disruption of trust as a sentiment, a concept, and an experience. Contributors provide a rich array of essays that maintain a delicate balance between providing specific details of the refugee experience and exploring corresponding theories of trust and mistrust. Their subjects range widely across the globe, and include Palestinians, Cambodians, Tamils, and Mayan Indians of Guatemala. By examining what individuals experience when removed from their own culture, these essays reflect on individual identity and culture as a whole.

Mistrusting Refugees Press Reviews

The book is more about the individual circumstances of those who find themselves as refugees. Through their narratives we get a rich painful picture of what it means to be a refugee. The contributors have written with knowledge and commitment about the plight of refugees. This work cannot be recommended highly enough. -- Sage Race Relations Abstracts

Book Information

ISBN: 9780520088993
Publication date: 21st March 1996
Author: E. V. Daniel
Publisher: University of California Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 330 pages
Categories: Anthropology, Refugees & political asylum, Social groups, Political oppression & persecution,

About E. V. Daniel

E. Valentine Daniel is author of Fluid Signs (California, 1984), coeditor of Culture/Contexture (California, 1995), and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. John Chr. Knudsen is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Bergen.

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