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Rebuilding Lives After Genocide

Migration, Adaptation and Acculturation

  • Brings together research on migration, victimisation and recovery

  • Sheds light on an under-examined group of people

  • Highlights the role that social capital plays in survivors’ attempts to rebuild their lives

  • Analyses how policy and legal responses shape survivors post-genocide experiences


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Compromise after Conflict book series (PSCAC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Linda Asquith
    Pages 1-25
  3. Linda Asquith
    Pages 27-45
  4. Linda Asquith
    Pages 47-71
  5. Linda Asquith
    Pages 73-113
  6. Linda Asquith
    Pages 151-198
  7. Linda Asquith
    Pages 199-213
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 215-220

About this book


This book examines how genocide survivors rebuild their lives following migration after genocide. Drawing on a mixture of in-depth interviews and published testimony, it utilises Bourdieu’s concept of social capital to highlight how individuals reconstruct their lives in a new country. The data comprises in-depth interviews with survivors of the Rwandan and Bosnian genocides, and the Holocaust. This combination of data allows for a broader analysis of the themes within the data. Overall, Rebuilding Lives After Genocide seeks to demonstrate that a constructivist, grounded theoretical approach to research can draw attention to experiences that have been hidden and unheard. The life of survivors in the wake of genocides is a neglected field, particularly in the context of migration and resettlement. Therefore, this book provides a unique insight into the debate surrounding recovery from victimisation and the intersection between migration and victimisation.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Leeds Beckett UniversityLEEDSUK

About the authors

Linda Asquith is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Leeds Beckett University, UK. She has been working in higher education for the past 10 years. Prior to this she completed the Imperial War Museum Holocaust Education Fellowship in 2006-7. It was this fellowship that prompted her decision to conduct research which focused on Holocaust survivors and their experiences. Alongside her academic work, Linda has also worked in the field of Holocaust education and regularly gives talks on Holocaust Memorial Day to community groups.

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