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World Refugee Day 2018

The United Nations’ (UN) World Refugee Day is observed on June 20 each year. This event draws public’s attention to the millions of refugees and internally displaced persons worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes due to war, conflict and persecution. For more information please visit

In marking this year’s observance, we’re pleased to offer a 25% discount on all Refugee and Migration Studies titles for a limited time with code WRD18 on our website.

Children of the Camp: The Lives of Somali Youth Raised in Kakuma Refugee Camp, KenyaCHILDREN OF THE CAMP
The Lives of Somali Youth Raised in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya
Catherine-Lune Grayson


Based on in-depth fieldwork, this book explores the experience of Somalis who grew up in Kakuma refugee camp, in Kenya, and are now young adults. This original study carefully considers how young people perceive their living environment and how growing up in exile structures their view of the past and their country of origin, and the future and its possibilities.

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Care across Distance: Ethnographic Explorations of Aging and MigrationCARE ACROSS DISTANCE
Ethnographic Explorations of Aging and Migration
Edited by Azra Hromadžić and Monika Palmberger

Volume 4, Life Course, Culture and Aging: Global Transformations


This volume investigates how taken-for-granted roles are challenged, intergenerational relationships transformed, economic ties recalibrated, technological innovations utilized, and spiritual relations pursued and desired, and asks what it means to care at a distance and to age abroad.

Read Introduction: Care Across Distance


Messy Europe: Crisis, Race, and Nation-State in a Postcolonial WorldMESSY EUROPE
Crisis, Race, and Nation-State in a Postcolonial World
Edited by Kristín Loftsdóttir, Andrea L. Smith, and Brigitte Hipfl

Volume 32, EASA Series


Using the economic crisis as a starting point, Messy Europe offers a critical new look at the issues of race, gender, and national understandings of self and other in contemporary Europe. It highlights and challenges historical associations of Europe with whiteness and modern civilization, and asks how these associations are re-envisioned, re-inscribed, or contested in an era characterized by crises of different kinds.

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Parallel Lives Revisited: Mediterranean Guest Workers and their Families at Work and in the Neighbourhood, 1960-1980PARALLEL LIVES REVISITED
Mediterranean Guest Workers and their Families at Work and in the Neighbourhood, 1960-1980
Jozefien De Bock
Foreword by Leo Lucassen


Combining quantitative analysis, archival research, and over one hundred oral history interviews, Parallel Lives Revisited explores the lives of immigrants from six Mediterranean countries in a postwar Belgian city to provide a fascinating account of how their experiences of integration have changed at work and in their neighborhoods across two decades.

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Bishkek Boys: Neighbourhood Youth and Urban Change in Kyrgyzstan’s CapitalBISHKEK BOYS
Neighbourhood Youth and Urban Change in Kyrgyzstan’s Capital
Philipp Schröder

Volume 17, Integration and Conflict Studies


Touching on topics including authority, violence, social and imaginary geographies, interethnic relations, friendship, and competing notions of belonging to the city, Bishkek Boys offers unique insights into how post-Socialist economic liberalization, rural-urban migration and ethnic nationalism have reshaped social relations among young males who come of age in this Central Asian urban environment.

Read Introduction: The Playground Incident, the Field and a Conceptual Frame

Forced Migration Series

Published in association with the Refugees Studies Centre, University of Oxford

This series, published in association with the Refugees Studies Centre, University of Oxford, reflects the multidisciplinary nature of the field and includes within its scope international law, anthropology, sociology, politics, international relations, geopolitics, social psychology and economics.

Gender, Violence, RefugeesVolume 37


Edited by Susanne Buckley-Zistel and Ulrike Krause


Providing nuanced accounts of how the social identities of men and women, the context of displacement and the experience or manifestation of violence interact, this collection offers conceptual analyses and in-depth case studies to illustrate how gender relations are affected by displacement, encampment and return.

Read Gender, Violence, Refugees. An Introduction

The Myth of Self-Reliance: Economic Lives Inside a Liberian Refugee CampVolume 36


Economic Lives Inside a Liberian Refugee Camp

Naohiko Omata


By following the same refugee households over several years, The Myth of Self-Reliancealso provides valuable insights into refugees’ experiences of repatriation to Liberia after protracted exile and their responses to the ending of refugee status for remaining refugees in Ghana.

Read Introduction: Buduburam: An Exemplary Refugee Camp?

Migration by Boat: Discourses of Trauma, Exclusion and SurvivalN0w In Paperback

Volume 35


Discourses of Trauma, Exclusion and Survival

Edited by Lynda Mannik


“This impressive collection of essays, centred on migration, borders, identities, and humanitarian ideals is both theoretically astute and ethnographically rich. Each contribution is solid and together they challenge readers to rethink the politics of migration.” · Refuge

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Making <i>Ubumwe</i>: Power, State and Camps in Rwanda's Unity-Building ProjectForthcoming in Paperback

Volume 34


Power, State and Camps in Rwanda’s Unity-Building Project

Andrea Purdeková


“Although the author focuses upon Rwanda’s unity-building project, she places her analysis within a wider social and political reflection. This makes the book a major contribution to the literature on contemporary Rwanda.” · African Affairs


The Agendas of Tibetan Refugees: Survival Strategies of a Government-in-Exile in a World of International Organizations N0w in Paperback

Volume 33


Survival Strategies of a Government-in-Exile in a World of International Organizations

Thomas Kauffmann


This book shows and discusses how Tibetan refugees continue to attract resources, due, notably, to the dissemination of their political and religious agendas, as well as how a movement of Western supporters, born in very different conditions, guaranteed a unique relationship with these refugees.

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For all the Volumes in the series please visit the series webpage.


Now in Paperback


Bush Bound: Young Men and Rural Permanence in Migrant West AfricaBUSH BOUND
Young Men and Rural Permanence in Migrant West Africa
Paolo Gaibazzi


“At a macro-micro level, this timely book exposes global transformations found in current globalist market economy and sheds light on the influences on these transformations as actualized at local level.” · Anthropology Book Forum

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Migration, Memory, and Diversity: Germany from 1945 to the PresentMIGRATION, MEMORY, AND DIVERSITY
Germany from 1945 to the Present
Edited by Cornelia Wilhelm
Preface by Konrad Jarausch

Volume 21, Contemporary European History


“Wilhelm’s carefully assembled volume offers impressive and fresh overviews of postwar German history…an overall excellent contribution to the history of migration and diversity in Germany. Surely not only historians will welcome Wilhelm’s fine collection.” · Contemporary Austrian Studies

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Sustaining Russia's Arctic Cities: Resource Politics, Migration, and Climate ChangeSUSTAINING RUSSIA’S ARCTIC CITIES
Resource Politics, Migration, and Climate Change
Edited by Robert Orttung

Volume 2, Studies in the Circumpolar North


“Russia’s Arctic Cities are definitely understudied, as are Arctic urban studies in general. Therefore the focus of this volume is timely and well chosen.” · Florian Stammer, University of Lapland

Read Chapter 1. Russia’s Arctic Cities: Recent Evolution and Drivers of Change


Minority, Population, and Counter-Conduct Between Greece and Turkey
Olga Demetriou


“Olga Demetriou offers a fascinating examination of borders and border politics in Western Thrace, a politically significant and historically complex border region in Northern Greece… Through beautifully written ethnographic passages and careful analysis, Demetriou offers a sophisticated examination of how difference is experienced, made, managed, and deployed in everyday moments by communities and individuals, with and against state minoritization practices and strategies… [It] is immensely interesting and insightful.” · PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review



Migrations in the German Lands, 1500-2000MIGRATIONS IN THE GERMAN LANDS, 1500-2000
Edited by Jason Coy, Jared Poley, and Alexander Schunka

Volume 13, Spektrum: Publications of the German Studies Association


“The essays in this volume are thoroughly researched and address important aspects of central European migration, especially on three topical areas: religion and exile; flux and the politics of immigration; and cultures of exile and the formation of exile identities.” • European History Quarterly

Read Introduction: Migration in the German Lands: An Introduction


Berghahn Journals


NEW IN 2018!

Migration and Society
Advances in Research

Migration and Society is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal advancing debate about emergent trends in all types of migration. The journal invites work that situates migration in a wider historical and societal context, including attention to experiences and representations of migration, critical theoretical perspectives on migration, and the social, cultural, and legal embeddedness of migration. Migration and Society addresses both dynamics and drivers of migration; processes of settlement and integration; and transnational practices and diaspora formation.



NOW OPEN ACCESS! View our blog post for more information.

Anthropology in Action
Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice

Anthropology in Action (AIA) is a peer-reviewed journal publishing articles, commentaries, research reports, and book reviews in applied anthropology. The journal provides a forum for debate and analysis for anthropologists working both inside and outside academia and aims to promote communication amongst practitioners, academics and students of anthropology in order to advance the cross-fertilisation of expertise and ideas.

Featured Article:
Immigrant and Refugee Women: Recreating Meaning in Transnational Context
Denise L. Spitzer


Conflict and Society
Advances in Research

Publishing peer-reviewed articles by international scholars, Conflict and Society expands the field of conflict studies by using ethnographic inquiry to establish new fields of research and interdisciplinary collaboration. An opening special section presents general articles devoted to a topic or region followed by a section featuring conceptual debates on key problems in the study of organized violence.

Featured Article:
Staying out of Place: The Being and Becoming of Burundian Refugees in the Camp and the City
Simon Turner


The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology

The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology is an international, peer-reviewed journal that publishes ambitious and rigorous scholarship in contemporary social and cultural anthropology. The journal draws on a range of theoretical and political traditions to provide original insights into human social life and to critically interrogate the terms of the anthropological endeavour.

Featured Article:
Suspicion and the Economy of Trust among Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon
Leonardo Schiocchet



Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology

Focaal is a peer-reviewed journal advocating an approach that rests in the simultaneity of ethnography, processual analysis, local insights, and global vision. It is at the heart of debates on the ongoing conjunction of anthropology and history as well as the incorporation of local research settings in the wider spatial networks of coercion, imagination, and exchange that are often glossed as “globalization” or “empire.”

Featured Article:
Nonrecording the “European refugee crisis” in Greece: Navigating through irregular bureaucracy
Katerina Rozakou

FocaalBlog is associated with Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology. It aims to accelerate and intensify anthropological conversations beyond what a regular academic journal can do, and to make them more widely, globally, and swiftly available. Follow us on Twitter!


Social Analysis
The International Journal of Anthropology

Social Analysis is an international peer-reviewed journal devoted to exploring the analytical potentials of anthropological research. It encourages contributions grounded in original empirical research that critically probe established paradigms of social and cultural analysis. The journal expresses the best that anthropology has to offer by exploring in original ways the relationship between ethnographic materials and theoretical insight. By forging creative and critical engagements with cultural, political, and social processes, it also opens new avenues of communication between anthropology and the humanities as well as other social sciences.

Featured Article:
Avoiding Poison: Congolese Refugees Seeking Cosmological Continuity in Urban Asylum
Georgina Ramsay