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Resistant resilience: agency and resilience among refugees resisting humanitarian corruption in Uganda

O'Byrne, Ryan Joseph (2022) Resistant resilience: agency and resilience among refugees resisting humanitarian corruption in Uganda. Civil Wars, 24 (2-3). 328 - 356. ISSN 1369-8249

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13698249.2022.2092686

Abstract

Resilience is a dominant humanitarian-development theme. Nonetheless, some humanitarian-development programmes have demonstrably negative impacts which encourage vulnerable people to actively resist these programmes. Based on 12 months ethnographic fieldwork in a Ugandan refugee settlement during 2017–18, this paper argues refugee residents articulated their refusal of humanitarian failure and corruption through active, largely non-political, resistance. I term the diverse strategies used ‘resistant resilience’, arguing that the agency central to these practices require that assumptions about resilience are reconsidered. I conclude that this refugee community’s most important resilience strategies were active resistance, demonstrating that resilience can be manifested through marginalised peoples’ desire to resist exploitation.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/fciv20
Additional Information: © 2022 The Author
Divisions: ?? FLIA ??
Subjects: J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2022 15:09
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2024 03:06
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/115415

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