18 July 2013
Displaced: The Human Cost of Development and Resettlement by Olivia Bennett and Christopher McDowell has been awarded the Edgar Graham Book Prize 2013 by the Department of Development Studies at SOAS, University of London.
The prize, established in 1984, commemorates Edgar Graham who at the time of his death in 1983 had been Governor of SOAS for seven years. Graham is author of The Modern Plantation in the Third World, published posthumously by Croom Helm (1984). He worked in West Africa for the United Africa Company (UAC), eventually joining the parent company Unilever as Chair of the overseas group. He was also a visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford and Governor of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.
Displaced: The Human Cost of Development and Resettlement, published by Palgrave Macmillan (2012), brings together the stories of resettlement experienced by individuals in the name of development and progress.
The book examines cultural continuity and identity, shifts in family responsibilities and gender roles, and fractured relationships between generations – just some of the complex challenges people face as they attempt to rebuild lives and communities.
The judging panel, chaired by Naila Kabeer, a Professor of Development Studies at SOAS, said the authors work is a "highly readable book that does well to highlight the voices of those affected by displacement and resettlement while at the same time drawing out wider concerns."
It also represents "a notable achievement, which is original, accessible and vivid without compromising intellectual integrity."
SOAS offers its warm congratulations to the authors.