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Displaced: The Human Cost of Development and Resettlement (Palgrave Studies in Oral History)by Olivia Bennett
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Although displacement is commonly associated with refugees fleeing conflict, millions of people are resettled every year in the name of development and progress. Many of these individuals endure social and cultural disruption as well as economic upheaval, and a significant number never regain their former quality of life. Despite this, the voices of those with direct experience of displacement are rarely heard. Displaced seeks to redress this, bringing together oral histories that reveal the loss of cultural continuity and identity, shifts in family responsibilities and gender roles, and fractured relationships between generations that are just some of the challenges people face as they attempt to rebuild lives and communities. Although these narratives are suffused with regret and a sense of loss, they also demonstrate resourcefulness and resilience in the face of profound change. Developments social cost continues to be under-reported; these stories are a crucial reminder of its often devastating consequences.
Although displacement is often associated with conflict zones, millions of people are resettled yearly in the name of development and progress. They endure social and cultural disruption as well as economic upheaval, and their voices are rarely heard. This groundbreaking volume collects oral histories that reveal the challenges they face, such as the loss of cultural identity, shifting social roles, and fractured family relationships. Though full of regret and loss, these accounts reveal incredible resourcefulness and resilience in the face of profound change. Together, they form a crucial reminder of development's often devastating human cost.
About the Author
Olivia Bennett has written 32 books, mainly in the fields of development education and social and cultural history. She is the Senior Advisor for the Oral Testimony Programme at Panos London.
Christopher McDowell is Reader in International Politics at City University, London. A political anthropologist specializing in population displacement, he has undertaken consultancy and advisory work on resettlement issues for UN agencies, governments, banks, and NGOs.
Table of Contents
Moving People: States, Displacement, and Resettlement
The Individual Voice: The Challenges and Benefits of Listening to Personal Narratives
'We had a set way of life. All that has been disturbed': Tarbela Dam, Pakistan
'I have lost status in my community': Conservation and Agricultural Production in Kenya
'The people's place became the animals' place': Resettlement Policies and Conservation in Botswana and Namibia
'Our fields have gone, our lifestyle has changed': Coal Mining in India
'The wisdom of living in this place will be lost': Mohale Dam, Lesotho, before Resettlement
'I do not have the cleverness for here': Mohale Dam, Lesotho, after Displacement
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