Methodological Innovations, Reflections and Dilemmas: The Hidden Sides of Research with Migrant Young People Classified as Unaccompanied Minors

Chase, Elaine; Otto, Laura; Belloni, Milena; Lems, Annika; Wernesjö, Ulrika (2019). Methodological Innovations, Reflections and Dilemmas: The Hidden Sides of Research with Migrant Young People Classified as Unaccompanied Minors. Journal of ethnic and migration studies : JEMS, pp. 1-17. Routledge 10.1080/1369183X.2019.1584705

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This paper offers some behind-the-scenes insights drawn from the collective fieldwork experiences of the contributors to this Special Issue. These include reflections on: how decisions about modes of accessing research participants fundamentally shape the research process and outcomes; the pitfalls of only focusing on young people's migratory experiences while ignoring the multiple other dimensions to their lives; how we can best capture and represent young people's often paradoxical vulnerability and agency; the relative merits of methodological innovations increasingly integrated into work with marginalised and hard to reach communities; and, finally, our own positionality when conducting research with migrant young people and the importance of taking account of how our own subjective, political, philosophical and ethical standpoints influence our interactions throughout our research endeavours. These contributions seek to promote greater reflexivity and transparency among academics conducting ethnographically driven research with young people in the context of forced migration.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Social Anthropology

UniBE Contributor:

Lems, Annika

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

1469-9451

Publisher:

Routledge

Language:

English

Submitter:

Annika Lems

Date Deposited:

28 Jun 2019 17:42

Last Modified:

22 Oct 2019 18:11

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/1369183X.2019.1584705

Additional Information:

Special Issue: Children of the Crisis: Ethnographic Perspectives on Unaccompanied Refugee Youth in and En Route to Europe

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.129767

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/129767

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