Liminal Experts

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dc.contributor.advisor Parmentier, Richard Barkley, Henry 2011-12-12T19:32:03Z 2011-12-12T19:32:03Z 2011
dc.description.abstract Over the course of the last 60 years more people have been systematically displaced worldwide then ever before in history. Only in the last 60 years have these displaced peoples been formally recognized as refugees, in some cases. Aside from enduring a change of place, the displaced also suffer an adjustment of their recognized rights as they undertake the transition from citizen to refugee, from independence to dependence. Such a transition inspires extreme cultural transformations in individual communities of refugees as their sacred, cultural, and political beliefs, interests, norms, traditions, and values are challenged. What comes of these communities that undergo such rapid and extreme change? Many of them resist their new situation, forming armed movements, they are refugee-warriors. By synthesizing research in ‘refugee science,’ political science, East African political economy, post-colonial history (1950-2001), and ethnographic accounts of some camps in the Great Lakes Region the phenomenal capacity for this abnormal, violent version of the refugee to impact their environment has been proven. Said synthesis reveals how refugee-warriors can be troublesome in and detrimental to their newfound asylum as a sovereign country as well as establishing that the humanitarian discourse that has been designed to manage refugees, globally, is ill-equipped to handle the aggressiveness of refugee warriors. Further findings resolve that weak states allow refugee-warrior movements to thrive, and that in a vicious cycle these states are perpetually weak by either allowing or being terrorized by these militants.
dc.description.sponsorship Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
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dc.language English
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Brandeis University
dc.relation.ispartofseries Brandeis University Theses and Dissertations
dc.rights Copyright by Henry Barkley 2011
dc.subject refugee-warrior
dc.subject civil conflict
dc.subject militancy
dc.subject East Africa
dc.subject cultural transformation
dc.title Liminal Experts
dc.type Thesis
dc.contributor.department Graduate Program in Global Studies MA Masters Global Studies Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

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