'The Modern Refugee Era' began with the end of World War II. An extensive literature has been created on the issue of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons during this period. While much of this has focused on refugee 'flight' and 'post-flight,' Forced to Flee uniquely looks at the 'pre-flight' environment and the factors contributing to human rights violations therein. It is due to these abuses that many people flee their homelands. Author Peter W. Van Arsdale presents first-hand fieldwork conducted over a 30-year span in six refugee homelands ranging from Sudan to Bosnia. This expert research bridges the emergent refugee and human rights regimes, while addressing theories of obligation, justice, and structural inequality. Van Arsdale also deftly tackles the difficult ideas of compassion, suffering, and evil, and introduces the concept of 'pragmatic humanitarianism.' Forced to Flee is a comprehensive study that should be of great interest to scholars and practitioners of anthropology, sociology, social work, political science, and environmental studies.
About the Author
Peter W. Van Arsdale is senior lecturer at the Graduate School of International Studies and faculty advisor at the Center On Rights Development at the University of Denver.
Table of ContentsChapter 1 Introduction: Ideas that Work Chapter 2 Papua and the Issue of Enclave Development Chapter 3 Ethiopia and the Issue of Terror Chapter 4 Bosnia and the Issue of Concentration Camps Chapter 5 El Salvador and the Issue of Disappearance Chapter 6 Sudan and the Issue of Genocide Chapter 7 Palestine and the Issue of Internal Displacement Chapter 8 Conclusion: Interventions that Work