Forced Migration, Gender and Wellbeing

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Forced Migration, Gender and Wellbeing

The Long-Term Effects of Displacement on Women

9781788111720 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Selma Porobić, Programme Manager, Aurora European Universities Alliance, Palacky University Olomouc, Czech Republic, and Honorary Research Fellow, University College London and Brad K. Blitz, Professor of International Politics and Policy, University College London, UK
Publication Date: June 2023 ISBN: 978 1 78811 172 0 Extent: c 272 pp
Reflecting on three decades of post-conflict recovery in the Balkans, this incisive book investigates the long-term effects of war displacement on women across Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Kosovo. Selma Porobić and Brad K. Blitz draw upon four different research streams produced by a large, cross-national, and multidisciplinary team of contributors to compare the experiences of different categories of war-uprooted and/or forced women migrants.

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Reflecting on three decades of post-conflict recovery in the Balkans, this incisive book investigates the long-term effects of war displacement on women across Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Kosovo.

Selma Porobić and Brad K. Blitz draw upon four different research streams produced by a large, cross-national, and multidisciplinary team of contributors to compare the experiences of different categories of war-uprooted and/or forced women migrants. Providing a gender-inclusive focus on psychosocial wellbeing, chapters consider the long-term impacts of complex trauma on internally displaced persons, returnees, and refugees throughout the whole cycle of displacement, return, and reintegration. Uncovering alarming risk and protective factors linked to protracted political and socioeconomic instability in the region, the book ultimately offers lessons for a wider post-war recovery framework that prioritises women’s agency, psychosocial health, and trans-generational recovery.

Featuring interdisciplinary, cross-country, and multi-methods research, this insightful book will prove an invaluable resource to students and scholars of sociology, migration, gender, and human rights law. Its critical assessment of durable solutions for displaced populations will also benefit practitioners focused on peace building, humanitarianism, and development.
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‘Forced Migration, Gender and Wellbeing is a brave and much-needed study of the long term effects of the violent breakup of Yugoslavia in 1992. In the intervening years there are no longer any refugees, only unresolved traumatic experiences, problems of identity and self esteem and issues with gender equality. This is a much-needed work on understanding how the lived experience of violence and displacement impacted the wellbeing of men and women alike in Kosovo, Bosnia, and Serbia.’
– Dawn Chatty, University of Oxford, UK

‘The 1990s wars of Yugoslav succession have resulted in enormous human casualties and millions of displaced people. There are many general studies of this conflict, but we still lack in-depth knowledge on the gender dimension of forced migration. This comprehensive,
innovative, and empirically meticulous study successfully fills this analytical gap.’
– Siniša Malešević, University College Dublin, Ireland
Contributors
Contributors include: Gordana Balaban, Brad K. Blitz, Nina Bosankić, Seb Bytyci, Danica Čirić, Ljiljana Đajić, Anela Hasanagić, Stef Jansen, Jagoda Petrović, Siniša Volarević, Enver Gashi, Min Ji Kim, Ivana Ljuština, Selma Porobić, Driton Zequiri
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