Social Networks and Migration in Wartime Afghanistan

Overview

Drawing on fieldwork in the Herat area, Afghanistan, this book addresses migration patterns throughout three decades of war. It launches a framework for understanding the role of social networks for peoples responses to war and disaster as well as mobilizing or maintaining material resources for security and gathering information.

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Overview

Drawing on fieldwork in the Herat area, Afghanistan, this book addresses migration patterns throughout three decades of war. It launches a framework for understanding the role of social networks for peoples responses to war and disaster as well as mobilizing or maintaining material resources for security and gathering information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230576551
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/23/2009
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

KRISTIAN BERG HARPVIKEN is the director at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO), Norway. He has been leading the Working Group on the Transnational and International Facets of Civil War within PRIOs Centre for the Study of Civil War (CSCW). A sociologist, Harpviken focuses on methodology and on the dynamics of peace and conflict.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Glossary x

Acronyms xii

Maps of Afghanistan in the Region and the Main Fieldwork Area xv

1 Introduction 1

Social networks in times of crisis 2

The study of wartime migration 4

Wartime migration in Afghanistan 6

Two villages of Herat 9

Structure 11

2 Social Networks in Wartime Migration 13

Social networks 14

Flows in networks 19

Network structures 26

Change 38

Conclusion 43

3 Escape Decisions 46

Security and escape 50

Material resources and escape 61

Information and escape 69

Conclusion 74

4 Integration at Exile 77

Security and exile 81

Material resources and exile 88

Information and exile 94

Conclusion 96

5 Return Decisions 99

Short-distance repatriation from Pakistan 103

Security and return 107

Material resources and return 117

Information and return 125

Conclusion 132

6 Reintegration at 'Home' 135

Security and reintegration 140

Material resources and reintegration 151

Information and reintegration 160

Conclusion 163

7 Conclusions 167

Escape and return decisions 168

Integration and reintegration 173

War, migration, and the transformation of networks 177

Studying wartime migration 181

Appendix: Researching Migration in War 184

Notes 191

Bibliography 199

Author Index 222

Subject Index 223

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