Researching refugees : methodological and ethical considerations

Schweitzer, Robert & Steel, Zachary (2008) Researching refugees : methodological and ethical considerations. In Liamputtong, Pranee (Ed.) Doing Cross-Cultural Research : Ethical and Methodological Perspectives. Springer, Netherlands, pp. 87-101.

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Research with refugees involves particular conceptual, ethical and methodological issues. In this chapter, we outline a number of approaches to refugee research. The merits and limitations of the dominant trauma approach are reviewed, noting the particular tendency of this approach to exclude indigenous forms of knowledge and understanding. We review the emergence of alternative or complementary approaches which strive to integrate qualitative and quantitative methodologies and emphasise a return to human experience and a deeper eco-social and cultural understanding of the refugee experience. One such methodology, interpretative phenomenological analysis is described in greater detail. We then extend our chapter to examine some of the ethical issues which emerge in refugee-related research. This section locates the research enterprise within the broader socio-political context of engaged research. Researching refugee - Ethical issue - Methodological issue - Cultural understanding - Interpretative Phenomenology - Socio-political context of research - Sudanese refugee - Mental health

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ID Code: 19402
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Researching refugee, Ethical issue, Methodological issue, Cultural understanding, Interpretative Phenomenology, Socio-political context of research, Sudanese refugee, Mental health
DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4020-8567-3
ISBN: 9781402085673
ISSN: 13876570
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Springer
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
Deposited On: 02 Apr 2009 22:02
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2015 23:22

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