We consider methodological issues specifically within the current socio-political context. In light of heightened anti-refugee, anti- immigrant sentiment and restrictionist policies and demands for social justice, what new methodological issues arise in research, and what long-standing issues resurface as salient with renewed acuity and relevance? Also, given technological advances and within the new Covid19 era, how might we envision future directions in research with refugees and immigrants?
The panel offers a diverse range of methodological approaches that draw on both qualitative and quantitative data, as panelists discuss innovations and insights gained, as well as challenges, in implementing research. Our panelists discuss un/bracketing in qualitative research; ethnographic filmmaking along Mexicos migrant trail; political tensions entangled in measuring social support; and the life history calendar as alternative to the prospective longitudinal design.
The first panelists provide a methodological discussion of unbracketing employed in two qualitative studies with refugee communities. Presenters goals are to expand existing models of bracketing and to discuss transferability of unbracketing to various social work research contexts with forced migrants. The second panelist reflects on documentary film-making in the context of ethnographic fieldwork along the Central American migrant trail through Mexico. The panelist focuses in particular on tensions of publicity and secrecy that surround the work of making visible a social process that both depends on and suffers from invisibility. The third panelists consider methodological and political tensions embedded in a study to develop a culturally and contextually relevant social support scale for women in resettlement contexts. The presenters consider the complications and implications when methods intertwine with politics in research, specifically in light of the current administrations strategy to dismantle the resettlement program and the COVID-19 pandemic. The fourth panelists discuss the Life History Calendar (LHC), designed to collect lifecourse data retrospectively as alternative to the prospective longitudinal design. Drawing on two studies with immigrants and refugees, the panelists illustrate how LHC can account for linguistic, cultural and institutional diversity, along the migrant journey over time and place.
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