Uprooted and Unwanted
Bosnian Refugees in Austria and the United States
Political Science
6 x 9, 222 pp.
2 maps., 4 tables.
Pub Date: 02/16/2005
DeGolyer Library Series
Price:        $46.00 s


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Uprooted and Unwanted

Bosnian Refugees in Austria and the United States

By Barbara Franz

The tragedy of war does not end when the soldiers put down their guns. Among the after-effects, the dislocation and relocation of civilians often loom large. The aftermath of the Bosnian conflicts has left many refugees needing to establish new lives, often in radically different cultures. In Uprooted and Unwanted, Barbara Franz offers a cogent look at how these refugees have fared in two representative cities—Vienna and New York City.

Between 1991 and 2001, some 30,000 Bosnian refugees settled in Austria, and 120,000 found their way to the United States. Franz focuses on the strategies, skills, and informal networks used by Bosnian refugees, particularly women, to adapt to official policies and administrative practices in their host societies. Her analysis concludes that historically inaccurate ideas on how to deal with displaced persons have led to policies in both Europe and North America that have adversely affected those whose lives have been devastated by war.

Barbara Franz holds a Ph.D. in international relations from Syracuse University. She did postgraduate work in Vienna, Austria, and collaborates with the Association for the Study of the World Refugee Problem. She teaches political science at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

What Readers Are Saying:

“. . . a wonderful, fresh, cutting-edge assessment of refugee policy today. Franz’s close analysis of the policy situations in Austria and the United States, coupled with her in-depth acquaintance with individual refugees, is something of a wonder in contemporary discourse. . . . provides a telling analysis of evolving gender roles in two groups of refugees and thereby introduces much needed historical and sociological texturing to anyone’s consideration of refugees as women. While it concentrates on Bosnian groups in Austria and the United States, Uprooted and Unwanted will be required reading for any person concerned about the state of refugees in the world today. This is, therefore, a brilliant new approach to scholarship, as it is simultaneously a brilliant new approach to advocacy. Each page is doubly eloquent! This is the unique and outstanding feature of this work. It will inspire many.” --Beverly Allen, Syracuse University


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