- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (March 2, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1611320305
- ISBN-13: 978-1611320305
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,084,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Give Refuge to the Stranger: The Past, Present, and Future of Sanctuary 1st Edition
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"Linda Rabben has written a profoundly human and inspiring work that explores in personal, historical, and anthropological terms the motivations that lead ordinary people to provide sanctuary to people fleeing violence, upheaval, and persecution. Rabben looks beyond law and politics to find the human connections that inspire people to open their doors and their arms to welcome and embrace the homeless wanderer. In the face of rising xenophobia, eroding asylum space, and closing doors to asylum seekers, Rabben reminds us that the spontaneous and unregulated urge to provide sanctuary for refugees is part of our DNA, and will survive as long as we do."
"Why should human beings give refuge to the stranger? How is it that we so often refuse those in greatest need - and in the process abuse, imprison and deny legal support to them? Linda Rabben confronts us with the shameful evidence of the way the public policy of the US, the UK and other developed nations has legitimated the mistreatment of asylum seekers and undocumented migrants. She confronts those of us who are citizens of the world\'s liberal democracies with one of the urgent questions of our time, \'What are you going to do to ensure a welcome for the stranger?"
- Nicholas Sagovsky, Visiting Professor, Formerly Canon Theologian, Westminster Abbey
"Sanctuary for the threatened and suffering is a powerful possibility rooted in human nature, one that surfaces across cultures and throughout history. Yet this basic quality is often neglected or dismissed. Give Refuge to the Stranger brings forth our capacity to provide refuge, in clear and vivid prose, with convincing evidence and capable anthropological analysis. As we become more aware of our best possibilities, we become more capable of acting fully on them. "
- Josiah Heyman, University of Texas at El Paso
"This is essential reading for anyone who wants to know more about asylum systems in different countries. Written in an easily accessible style, and illustrated with powerful and compelling stories of people caught up in these sometimes Kafkaesque worlds, this book is a 'must' for any interested observer of asylum and refugee processes."
"That we need to give shelter to persecuted others tells us something quite negative about our species; but that we do, and have always done so, also offers hope. It builds on the best in human nature. Linda Rabben employs passion and detailed research to explain how we are uniquely equipped for border-crossing empathy."
"In Give Refuge to the Stranger, Linda Rabben places asylum in its proper social, economic and historical context. By doing so, she allows us to understand the ongoing importance of sanctuary---an ancient and noble institution that remains a crucial dimension of our human heritage."
"Rabben writes with the engagement of an investigative journalist, the detail of a historian, and the passion of an advocate - her work documents the continuing and compelling power of the concept of sanctuary in our times."
combating the negative stereotypes which the term ‘asylum seeker’ has increasingly come to evoke. Her lively mixture of historical narrative and first-hand ethnographic observation on two continents should help alert a wider public to the widespread official mistreatment of vulnerable victims of political, religious, ethnic, and sexual persecution."
— Anthony Good, University of Edinburgh
“This well researched book uses personal testimony and international examples to show how countries have dealt with the influx of asylum seekers throughout history. This book is a very good example of critically engaged anthropology, raising numerous questions worth researching further in specific contexts. Rabben is undoubtedly highly qualified to write this book. She is an anthropologist and long-term human rights activist, who considers the need to protect the vulnerable as a very basic and universal human sense of moral solidarity. "It's in our DNA", she says several times through the book, and it makes no difference what religious creed we follow. And yet, for the most part, institutionalized asylum currently operates in most nation-states through hardened officials or agents for whom the 'culture of disbelief' is the norm that casts asylum seekers as interlopers. The volume ends on an optimistic note, however, returning to the central argument that it is in our human nature to protect those in need, a statement that leaves the reader wondering why (and how) the immigration bureaucracy has turned its agents into such insensitive and often cruel individuals. See the full review: http://wings.buffalo.edu/ARD/cgi/showme.cgi?keycode=4192”
—Maria-Ines Arratia, Anthropology Review Database
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I bought the book primarily to see how Australia's terrible treatment of asylum seekers compares with other western countries, and frankly it left me a little depressed to find that oppressive and unjust political responses to asylum seekers are the norm rather than the exception. In fact, when the book was written (a few years ago now), the author saw some positive developments in Australia. Alas, things have taken a definite turn for the worse since then.
But the book also shows that the instinct for providing sanctuary is a powerful and resilient one. It is worth reading if you have any interest in a global perspective on the topic.