Toyin Falola and Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso showcase the voices and experiences of individual refugees through the sweep of history to tell the African refugee story from the historical past through current developments, covering the full range of experience from the causes of flight to living in exile, all while maintaining a persistent focus on the complicated search for solutions.
African Refugees recognizes African agency and contributions in pursuit of solutions for African refugees over time but avoids the pitfalls of the colonial gaze—where refugees are perpetually pathologized and Africa is always the sole cause of its own problems—seeking to complicate these narratives by recognizing African refugee issues within exploitative global, colonial, and neo-colonial systems of power.
About the Authors
Toyin Falola is Distinguished Teaching Professor and Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Falola is author/editor of over one hundred and fifty books on African history, politics, and society and the recipient of sixteen honorary doctorates from around the world, as well as more than thirty lifetime achievement awards. He is at the moment working on various aspects of African knowledge systems, including his recently published book Decolonizing African Studies.
Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso is Associate Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies at Brandeis University, and co-Chair of the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies (FTGS) Section of the International Studies Association. Two decades of field research and publications on African refugees and women's issues have earned her multiple grants and fellowships including from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and the University for Peace Africa Program, among others. Dr. Yacob-Haliso's most recent books include the three-volume Palgrave Handbook of African Women's Studies and African Indigenous Knowledges in a Postcolonial World.
"This voluminous work takes an all-inclusive decolonial approach to the study of forced migration, causes and consequences, refugees in Africa and the diaspora, humanitarian studies, and rethinking futuristic approaches to solving the crises."—Ogenga Otunnu, DePaul University
Other Titles in SOCIAL SCIENCE / Refugees
Other Titles in Refugees & political asylum