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The Myth of Self-Reliance


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List of FiguresAcknowledgementsList of AbbreviationsMapsIntroduction: Buduburam: an exemplary refugee camp?Chapter 1. 'Guests who stayed too long': refugee lives in a protracted campChapter 2. Economic Lives in BuduburamChapter 3. The Household Economy in the CampChapter 4. Roots of Economic Stratification: a Historical PerspectiveChapter 5. Repatriation to Liberia: the 'Best' solution for Refugees?Chapter 6. The 'End' of Refugee Life? When Refugee Status CeasesChapter 7. Developing a Better Understanding of Livelihoods, Self-reliance and Social Networks in Forced Migration StudiesEpilogue: Buduburam in 2015BibliographyIndex

About the Author

Naohiko Omata is Senior Research Officer at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. Based on extensive research in West Africa, Naohiko has published widely on refugee livelihoods, rights and repatriation including articles in the Journal of Refugee Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies and Community Development Journal. Previously, he worked as a practitioner and consultant for UNDP, UNHCR and international and local NGOs in various Sub-Saharan African countries.


"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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