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Bosnian Refugees in America


Bosnian Refugees in America

New Communities, New Cultures
Clinical Sociology: Research and Practice

von: Reed Coughlan, Judith Owens-Manley

106,99 €

Verlag: Springer
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 02.08.2006
ISBN/EAN: 9780387251547
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 197

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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.
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.
Community Research and Practice with Refugees: An Overview.- A Conceptual Framework for Research and Practice.- Bosnians in Utica: A Community Context.- 'The Beautiful Life' and the Run UP to War.- The Violence of War.- Displacement and Transit: Traumatic Stress in the Lives of Refugees.- Resettlement: The First Year.- 'Learning the Ropes'.- Challenges to Psychosocial Wellness.- Acculturation: Bosnians in Utica.- Sociological and Social Work Practice: Implications for Humanitarian Work with Refugees in Resettlement.
This book is based on the results of a research project that focused on the lives and experiences of a sample of 100 Bosnian families in an upstate New York community. This particular community has been the site of resettlement of more than 10,000 refugees from many countries between 1979 and 2001, including about 4,000 Bosnian refugees between 1993 and 2001. The book tells the story of the psychological, socio-cultural and economic adaptations of the Bosnian refugees to this community. It considers the effects of the trauma of war, the cultural differences and dislocation that are a part of their experience, the strategies they have used for successful adjustment, and the obstacles they still face in reconciling personal hopes and dreams.
This is a timely and compelling story, much of it told in the words of the Bosnians themselves. The book considers the diverse experiences of urban and rural families before the war and the effects of the timing of their departure from Bosnia upon their experience of resettlement. The relative success of their adaptation is attributed to the consonance between Bosnian attributes and values and the characteristics of the host community. A discussion of sociological and social work practice with refugees includes suggestions for working with newcomers in the years following resettlement in individual, family, and community contexts.
Unique contribution
It emerges from a structured research project and combines aspects of research and sociology or social work
Addresses understanding the context of war and resettlement, patterns of social adjustment, and implications for practitioners in refugee communities. Although these are considered for one ethnic group, the Bosnians, the in-depth telling of the story of their resettlement in upstate New York has implications for those working with other groups of refugees and immigrants
This timely and appropriate book is based on the results of a research project that focused on the lives and experiences of a sample of 100 Bosnian families in an upstate New York community. The book tells the story of the psychological, socio-cultural, and economic adaptations of the Bosnian refugees to this community, the strategies they have used for successful adjustment, and the obstacles they still face in reconciling personal hopes and dreams, the effects of the trauma of war, and the cultural differences and dislocation that are a part of their experience.

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