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Lecture 4

Political Science
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Susan Solomon

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October 5
, 2010
-concepts are important to clarify, but concepts can also be limited intellectually
-sometimes concepts also limit our ability to be sympathetic
-it is important to have a concept of agency for forced migrants because we are able to
more easily be sympathetic towards them
-people are still under the protection of their government therefore they are not refugees
ex. Hurricane Katrina people were moving to different places, but were still protected by
their government
-internally displaced people actually moves within the government but is not protected by
their government, internal exile is an individual who no longer recognizes the state as a
legitimate authority within their own conscious
-Torton concludes that all migrants have agencies, we should respect that agency and an
understanding that we need to broaden the definition of migration with some sympathy
-Fisiy wants to explore how the Hutus can return back to Rwanda
-not all Hutu’s were perpetrators of the genocide
-Fisiy has a specific understanding of social memory; social memory involves history,
politics, media, etc
-social memory can be manipulated, meaning that in a post conflict situation you can get
the emergence of social memory, and inclusive civic society if we have a social memory
that is properly engaged as a whole
-Hutu’s were farmers and Tutsi became land owners, that was the only difference; power
and wealth
-Davis says restitution of property is an interval part of successful repatriation of refugees
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