Safe haven? : a history of refugees in America / David W. Haines
- Haines, David
- Sterling, VA : Kumarian Press, 2010.
- Physical Description:
- xvi, 220 pages ; 24 cm
- Refugees and America : moral commitments and practical challenges -- A new land : loss, hope and an uncertain future -- Perfectly American : constructing the refugee experience -- Ethnicity's shadows : dilemmas of identity -- Binding the generations : households and refugee adaptation -- The logic of resettlement policy : English and self-sufficiency -- Refuge in America.
- ""In this exquisitely researched, wide-ranging and beautifully written book, David Haines, the leading authority on American refugees, draws on four decades of personal involvement with the subject and an exhaustive review of literature and data to historicize, contextualize and evaluate the experiences of refugees who have settled in the US since WWII."---Steven J. Gold, Professor of Sociology, Michigan State University" ""Safe Haven? is a long overdue exploration of America's relationship to refugees and their relationship to their new country. It chronicles the twists and turns of various policies and points of view that have impacted the US Refugee Program throughout 30 years while refugees from around the globe undergo their own individual struggles."---Lavinia Limon, President and CEO, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants" ""Haines brings his long personal history with refugees dating to the Vietnam War era together with his skills and knowledge from academia and government service to weave a historical and contemporary tapestry of refugee life in America that is both personal and analytic."---Bill Frelick, Refugee Program Director, Human Rights Watch" ""Haines demonstrates that the moral significance of particular groups of refugees is as much tempered by political and ethnic concerns as by universal principles. He shows us how truly complex the experiences and identities of refugees are, and evaluates decades of programs to receive and assimilate refugees into the US. Safe Haven? is essential reading for anyone studying or working with refugees in the US."---Fred Conway, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, San Diego State University" "The notion of America as land of refuge is vital to American civic consciousness yet over the past seventy years the country has had a complicated and sometimes erratic relationship with its refugee populations. Attitudes and actions toward refugees from the government, voluntary organizations, and the general public have ranged from acceptance to rejection; from well-wrought program efforts to botched policy decisions." "Drawing on a wide range of contemporary an Historical material, and based on the author's three-decade experience in refugee research and policy, Safe Haven? provides an integrated portrait of this crucial component of American immigration---and of American engagement with the world. Covering seven decades of immigration history, Haines shows how refugees and their American hosts continue to struggle with national and ethnic identities and the effect this struggle has had on American institutions and attitudes."--BOOK JACKET.
- 9781565493315 (pbk. : alk. paper)
1565493311 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9781565493322 (cloth : alk. paper)
156549332X (cloth : alk. paper)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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