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Gender, Violence, Refugees

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Volume 37

Forced Migration

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Gender, Violence, Refugees

Edited by Susanne Buckley-Zistel and Ulrike Krause

302 pages, 2 tables, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-616-4 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (August 2017)

ISBN  978-1-78920-088-1 $27.95/£22.95 Pb Published (March 2019)

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“At a time when war is one of many causes of forced displacement, Gender, Violence, Refugees is an essential volume. The work’s chapters will encourage the reader to question her assumptions about forced migration, produce new avenues for research, and incentivize humanitarian interventions that do not reproduce stereotypes of refugee communities but rather incorporate ‘bottom-up’ approaches informed by the unique experiences and the long trajectories of migrants.” • Border Criminologies Blog, University of Oxford

“There is much to commend in this book [that] is rich in both conceptual analysis and ethnographic detail… The collection represents a welcome addition to the literature because of the variety of analytical and disciplinary perspectives it employs to focus on the SGBV (sexual and gender-based violence) experienced by refugees and forced migrants in contexts that have, thus far, received insufficient academic attention.” • Journal of Refugee Studies

“…an excellent read and contribution to the fields of refugee and gender studies…[that] should be a required reading for graduate students and scholars of (forced) migration and policymakers working with displaced populations.” • Gender & Society

“As a collection, Gender, Violence, Refugees provide a crucial perspective from which to analyze and develop policy to address the challenge of forced migration now facing much of our world. With its emphasis on how gender affects the experience of refugees, the authors urgently point our attention to the often understudied and overlooked challenges of gender on migrant status, protection, economic stability, and continued vulnerability to violence for refugees and returnees.” • Refuge


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. The essays show how these factors lead to various forms of direct, indirect and structural violence. This ranges from discussions of norms reflected in policy documents and practise, the relationship between relief structures and living conditions in camps, to forced military recruitment and forced return, and covers countries in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Susanne Buckley-Zistel is Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the Center for Conflict Studies, Philipps-University Marburg. Before she worked at the Free University Berlin, the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt and King’s College, London.

Ulrike Krause is Junior Professor for Forced Migration and Refugee Studies at the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS), University of Osnabrück. Her research focuses on refugees, conflict-induced displacement, humanitarianism, gender and agency.

Subject: Refugee and Migration Studies Peace and Conflict Studies Gender Studies and Sexuality


List of Tables

Gender, Violence, Refugees. An Introduction
Susanne Buckley-Zistel and Ulrike Krause


Chapter 1. UNHCR Policy on Refugee Women: A 25-Year Retrospective
Susan F. Martin

Chapter 2. Victims of Chaos and Subaltern Sexualities? Some Reflections on Common Assumptions about Displacement and the Prevalence of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
Simon Turner

Chapter 3. Refugees, Global Governance and the Local Politics of Violence against Women
Elisabeth Olivius

Chapter 4. ‘Solidarity’ and ‘Gender Equality’ as a Discourse of Violence in Sweden: Exclusion of Refugees by the Decent Citizen
Emma Mc Cluskey

Chapter 5. Spatializing Inequalities: The Situation of Women in Refugee Centres in Germany
Melanie Hartmann

Chapter 6. ‘Faithing’ Gender and Responses to Violence in Refugee Communities: Insights from the Sahrawi Refugee Camps and the Democratic Republic of Congo
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Chloé Lewis and Georgia Cole

Chapter 7. Formidable Intersections: Forced Migration, Gender and Livelihoods
Dale Buscher


Chapter 8. Escaping Conflicts and Being Safe? Post-conflict Refugee Camps and the Continuum of Violence
Ulrike Krause

Chapter 9. Lost Boys, Invisible Girls: Children, Gendered Violence in Wartime and Displacement in South Sudan
Marisa O. Ensor

Chapter 10. Military Recruitment of Sudanese Refugee Men in Uganda: a Tale of National Patronage and International Failure
Maja Janmyr

Chapter 11. Gender, Violence, and Deportation: Angola’s Forced Return of Congolese Migrant Workers
Alexander Betts

Chapter 12. The Romance of Return: Post-exile Lives and Interpersonal Violence Over Land in Burundi
Barbra Lukunka


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