Narratives of Victimhood and Perpetration: The Struggle of Bosnian and Rwandan Diaspora Communities in the United States

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Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.63 inches | 1.16 pounds

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About the Author

Claudine A. Kuradusenge-McLeod, originally from Rwanda, is Professorial Lecturer of Conflict Resolution and International Affairs at the School of International Service, American University. She is the author of "Denied Victimhood and Contested Narratives: The Case of Hutu Diaspora" and "Belgian Hutu Diaspora Narratives of Victimhood and Trauma." She is an educator, researcher, activist, and scholar who specializes in complex identity formation, diaspora and transnational studies, and genocide studies. Her research has taken her to Europe, Brazil, Africa, and the United States. As a conflict resolution scholar, she is involved in nongovernmental work on youth engagement and empowerment, multicultural (racial and ethnic) dialogue, genocide prevention, and post-conflict trauma healing.


"Claudine Kuradusenge-McLeod has produced a valuable and insightful study of the legacies of genocide in Rwanda and Bosnia, and the diaspora identity politics that a new generation of Rwandans and Bosnians must navigate. This book brings to life the conflicts, dilemmas, and everyday struggles of diasporic youth, many of whom have never lived in Rwanda or the Balkans, who must reconcile the cultural identities of their parents, with imposed victim and perpetrator identities, and the realities of their experiences and lives in countries where their parents have settled." -Douglas Irvin-Erickson, Assistant Professor and Director of The Raphaël Lemkin Genocide Prevention Program, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, George Mason University
"The book concentrates on the construction of the trans-generational understanding of labels of victim and perpetrator in contemporary society, investigating their impact on the diasporic consciousness of Rwandan and Bosnian communities in the United States, as well as their political participation and involvement. The book challenges the common assumption that the notion of trauma belongs almost exclusively to the victim which often leaves the perpetrator ignored and blamed through multiple generations. The comprehensive analysis in this book is rooted in both the author's life experience, as a genocide survivor, and her deep understanding of the different social and political dynamics that shape the lives of immigrant communities." -Karina Korostelina, Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Director of the Program on Prevention of Mass Violence and the Program on History, Memory, and Conflict, George Mason University