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Mistrusting Refugees by E. V. Daniel


Mistrusting Refugees by E. V. Daniel

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.


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

About the Author

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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Publication date

21st March 1996


E. V. Daniel

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University of California Press


330 pages


Refugees & political asylum
Social groups
Political oppression & persecution



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