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Qualitative Research in Refugee Studies

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By: Giorgia Donà, Cigdem Esin & Aura Lounasmaa | Edited by: Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Alexandru Cernat, Joseph W. Sakshaug & Richard A. Williams Published: 2019 | Length:   5 | DOI: |
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Qualitative researchers in refugee studies are interested in how individuals and communities forced to flee war, persecution, human rights abuse, and generalised violence make sense and interpret their experiences. Qualitative approaches are best placed to convey the voices and viewpoints of the displaced and to consider how their stories are embedded in broader sociopolitical environments. Qualitative research in refugee studies refers to a philosophical approach to the understanding of experiences of violence and displacement through interpretive perspectives; it describes a set of methods for collecting stories and voices and the tools used to analyse them; and it adopts a reflexive approach to examine the relationship between researchers and forced migrants and the dynamics of research process. Qualitative researchers take into consideration the power networks that ...

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