Dissertation Synopsis: The dissertation argues that the quality of options available for civilians to exit from conflict zones shapes civilian choices to flee, and thus impacts the dynamics of civil conflict. To this end, I introduce a new measure of exit value, which accounts for both the forces that push civilians to flee - primarily violence against civilians - as well as the quality of the destinations available for flight. This includes original collection of time-series data on state practices towards refugees and asylum-seekers, comprising border closures, refoulement, and violence against refugees and asylum-seekers. Most immediately, this adds a new and vital element to predicting refugee flows; while violence makes civilians willing to flee, they may still lack the opportunity to do so. Low-quality exits, in conjunction with violence against civilians, lead to larger at-risk populations within conflict states, which creates larger pools of recruits and supporters for armed groups, greater attraction for humanitarian aid flows that are vulnerable to capture and fund the continuation of conflict, and slower economic recovery following the cessation of conflicts.
Guidelines for dissertation synopses
‘Long synopses’ of recently completed PhD dissertations/theses should include a brief summary of the state of the field as well as the contributions provided by the dissertation/thesis. Synopses should clearly articulate how the chapters (either published or unpublished) fit together and warrant attention as a single body of work. The length of the submission should not exceed 2,500 words, with approximately 2-3 paragraphs of introduction, 2-3 paragraphs of methods, 1-2 of results and 1-2 paragraphs of discussion. The dissertation synopsis should be submitted within 2 years of graduation from the PhD granting institution and should clearly list chapters already published (including citation) and those yet to be published at the time of submission. An embargo for the publication of the dissertation synopsis may be granted upon request if one or several chapters have not yet been accepted for publication by the time of the final acceptance of the manuscript.
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What Is a Dissertation Synopsis
The ASA Sociology of Mental Health section solicits nominations for the best doctoral dissertation in the area of the sociology of mental health. The dissertation should have been completed within the academic years of 2014-2015 or 2015-2016. Section Members are encouraged to submit nominations. Self-nominations are also welcome. Please send a letter of nomination and a paper based on the dissertation Or dissertation synopsis) by April 1, 2016 to Bruce Link, Bruce Link, Sociology Department, 1206 Watkins Hall, University of California, Riverside, Riverside, CA 92521 or by e-mail to .