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The Consequences of Development-Induced Displacement
Edited by Christopher McDowell
272 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-57181-916-1 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (September 1996)
ISBN 978-1-57181-927-7 $34.95/£27.95 / Pb / Published (September 1996)
Infrastructure development projects are set to continue into the next century as developing country governments seek to manage population growth, urbanization and industrialization. The contributions in this volume raise many questions about 'development' and 'progress' in the late twentieth century. What is revealed are the enormous problems and disastrous affects which continue to accompany displacement operations in many countries, which raise the ever more urgent question of whether the benefits of infrastructure development justify or outweigh the pain of the radical disruption of peoples lives, exacerbated by the fact that, with some notable exceptions, there has been a lack of official recognition on the part of governments and international agencies that development-induced displacement is a problem at all. This important volume addresses the issues and shows just how serious the situation is.
Christopher McDowell is Research Officer, Refugee Studies Programme, International Development Centre, University of Oxford.