13/03/2015
lisa monaghan

McKinnon (2008). Unsettling Resettlement: Problematizing ‘‘Lost Boys of Sudan’’ Resettlement and Identity

In this critical qualitative examination of the ‘‘Lost Boys of Sudan’’ refugee resettlement, I explicate the ways that the ‘‘Lost Boys’’ negotiate discursive positioning by the U.S. state and nation in forging a sense of identity and belonging in resettlement. Specifically, I examine the ways that the men are recognized as subjects through the ‘‘Lost Boys’’ label and interpellated into U.S. belonging through racist discourses. Finally, I work to show how the particulars of exile and resettlement for the ‘‘Lost Boys’’ factor into the ways identity is communicated and belonging is negotiated for this particular community.

Category: Anthropology and History

Sub-category: Armed Groups/Actors, Children