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Title:From 'migrants' to 'refugees': identity, aid, and decolonization in Ngara district, Tanzania
Author:Rosenthal, Jill
Year:2015
Periodical:The Journal of African History (ISSN 0021-8537)
Volume:56
Issue:2
Pages:261-279
Language:English
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:Rwandans
refugees
nation building
decolonization
External link:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021853715000225
Abstract:This article argues that international aid to Rwandan refugees in Ngara district during decolonization unfolded as part of a broader project of nation-state formation and regulation - one that deeply affected local narratives of community and belonging. While there is an extensive scholarship on decolonization and nationalism, we know less about the history of the nation-state as a refugee-generating project, and the role of international aid agencies therein. The history of Rwandan refugees in Ngara district, Tanzania, reveals the constitutive relationship between nation-building and refugee experiences, illustrating that during decolonization local political imaginations congealed around internationally-reified categorizations of the 'refugee' and the 'citizen'. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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