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The Myth of Self-Reliance: Economic Lives Inside a Liberian Refugee Camp - Forced Migration 36 (Hardback)
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The Myth of Self-Reliance: Economic Lives Inside a Liberian Refugee Camp - Forced Migration 36 (Hardback)

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Hardback 194 Pages / Published: 01/06/2017
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For many refugees, economic survival in refugee camps is extraordinarily difficult. Drawing on both qualitative and quantitative research conducted over several years, this volume challenges the reputation of a 'self-reliant' model given to Buduburam refugee camp in Ghana and sheds light on considerable economic inequality between refugee households. The Myth of Self-Reliance provides valuable insights into refugees' experiences of repatriation to Liberia after protracted exile and their responses to the ending of refugee status for remaining refugees in Ghana.

Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 9781785335648
Number of pages: 194
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 BBC THINKING ALLOWED ETHNOGRAPHY AWARD

"Excellent in every respect... The work fills a major gap in the refugee studies literature, as there has been no previous book-length account of this particular refugee population or the topic under review (how refugees cope in the absence of humanitarian assistance). Unlike some anthropological accounts of refugee situations, the study is a delight to read, bereft of unnecessary theory and maintains a consistent focus on the refugees themselves." - Jeff Crisp, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford

"This is a very clear and well written work that brings to life a complex set of conditions and relations within and beyond the refugee camp which are often blurred or over-simplified in ways that have severe consequences for refugees themselves... it provides much needed insights into the historical roots and complex contemporary manifestations of socio-economic differentiation affecting the lives and livelihoods of refugees both in the refugee camp and when faced with the dilemmas of repatriation." - Amanda Hammar, University of Copenhagen

"This is an engaging and carefully crafted book, which is detailed and includes refugees own voices and perspectives throughout, alongside quantitative analysis. It contributes to key debates, and is carefully referenced throughout." - Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, University College London

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