Although displacement is commonly associated with refugees fleeing conflict, millions of people are resettled every year in the name of development and progress. Many of these individuals endure social and cultural disruption as well as economic upheaval, and a significant number never regain their former quality of life. Despite this, the voices of those with direct experience of displacement are rarely heard. Displaced seeks to redress this, bringing together oral histories that reveal the loss of cultural continuity and identity, shifts in family responsibilities and gender roles, and fractured relationships between generations that are just some of the challenges people face as they attempt to rebuild lives and communities. Although these narratives are suffused with regret and a sense of loss, they also demonstrate resourcefulness and resilience in the face of profound change. Development's social cost continues to be under-reported; these stories are a crucial reminder of its often devastating consequences.
A collection of oral histories that reveal the fractured relationships between generations that are just some of the challenges people face as they attempt to rebuild lives and communities
There is a vast literature on development and its consequences, but very little of it provides the direct perspective of those actually affected by it
Panos is a media-savvy organization that maintains a global network dedicated to social justice issues, with excellent credibility within the human rights community
Panos has a list of approximately 150 individuals specifically interested in development-induced displacement, and another 5,000 individuals interested in development issues more generally, which would be used to help promote the book
Panos will purchase around 55 copies of the paperback
McDowell is a well-known scholar in this area whose name will bring additional credibility to the project
The countries covered here range from Lesotho to Kenya to India
A collection of oral histories that reveal the loss of cultural continuity, identity, shifts in family responsibilities, gender roles and fractured relationships between generations that are just some of the challenges people face as they attempt to rebuild lives and communities.
Olivia Bennett has been a writer, editor and researcher in development information and publishing for more than 35 years. She developed and ran the oral testimony program of activities at Panos London for many years, where she co-authored, among other publications, Arms to Fight; Arms to Protect: Women speak out about Conflict . She has a Masters in Life History Research from Sussex University, and continues to advise and work on oral testimony in the development context. Christopher McDowell is a reader in Political Anthropology at City University London. He has published widely on population displacement, humanitarian responses and resettlement in the context of conflict, development and natural disasters.
PART I Moving People: States, Displacement and Resettlement The Individual Voice: the Challenges and Benefits of Listening to Personal Narratives PART II 'We had a set way of life... All that has been disturbed': Tarbela Dam, Pakistan 'I have lost status in my community': Conservation and Agricultural Production in Kenya 'The people's place became the animals' place': Resettlement Policies and CConservation in Botswana and Namibia 'Our fields have gone, our lifestyle has changed': Coalmining in India 'The wisdom of living in this place will be lost': Mohale Dam, Lesotho, Before Resettlement 'I do not have the cleverness for here': Mohale Dam, Lesotho, After Displacement PART III Conclusion