Main Data
Author: Reed Coughlan, Judith Owens-Manley
Title: Bosnian Refugees in America New Communities, New Cultures
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN/ISSN: 9780387251547
Edition: 1
Price: CHF 105.00
Publication date: 01/01/2006
Category: Sozialwissenschaften
Language: English
Technical Data
Pages: 197
Kopierschutz: DRM
Geräte: PC/MAC/eReader/Tablet
Formate: PDF
Table of contents
In April of 1992, war began in Bosnia. Sarajevo, site of the 1984 Winter Olympics, and, we were told, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, became a city under siege. For all of the people of Bosnia, life shifted in unimaginable ways in a matter of hours, days, or weeks. An immediate exodus began from Bosnia, and people who had never anticipated leaving their country became refugees, dependent upon a world system of resettlement for displaced persons. This book relates the experiences of a hundred Bosnian families who came to Utica, a town in upstate New York. Bosnians in Utica came here as refugees - ginning in 1993, having ?ed from the wars of succession in the former Yugoslavia. Our study evolved over several years as a result of our interests in the war in Bosnia and the massive ?ow of refugees that it precipitated. We began work on the project in the late 1990s as we set out to learn about the war and to explore refugee experiences of displacement, transit, and resettlement. Our intent is to portray the experience of Bosnian refugees in one American city and to capture, in their words, in as much detail as possible their adjustment to a new community and a new culture.
Table of contents
1 Community Research and Practice with Refugees: An Overview10
2 A Conceptual Framework for Research and Practice21
3 Bosnians in Utica: A Community Context34
4 The Beautiful Life and the Run Up to War48
5 The Violence of War65
6 Displacement and Transit: Traumatic Stress in the Lives of Refugees87
7 Resettlement: The First Year102
8 Learning the Ropes116
9 Challenges to Psychosocial Wellness136
10 Acculturation: Bosnians in Utica153
11 Sociological and Social Work Practice: Implications for Humanitarian Work with Refugees in Resettlement163
Appendix: The American Priority System for Bosnian Refugees183