Narrative and ethical (in)action: creating spaces of resistance with refugee-storytellers in the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp

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Esin, C. and Lounasmaa, A. 2020. Narrative and ethical (in)action: creating spaces of resistance with refugee-storytellers in the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp. International Journal of Social Research Methodology. 23 (4), pp. 391-403.
AuthorsEsin, C. and Lounasmaa, A.
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This paper explores how a multimodal narrative methodology can open a creative, relational and safe space, in which refugee-storytellers negotiate their positioning within racialised power imbalances. Personal narratives that facilitate storytellers’ agency have a potential to empower and elicit social change. When refugees are denied their right to claim/speak/act, the act of narrating becomes a vehicle for social change. Creative workshops delivered in the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp in 2016–17 enabled us to co-construct a relational space with refugee participants, based on the principle of ethical hesitancy. In this paper we argue that the relational space offered possibilities for refugee storytellers to resist and challenge the representation of refugee stories, whilst giving rise to ethically important moments. These moments provide important perspectives on how practitioners and researchers can use narrative processes in creating spaces of resistance and social change with refugee participants.

JournalInternational Journal of Social Research Methodology
Journal citation23 (4), pp. 391-403
ISSN1364-5579
Year2020
PublisherTaylor & Francis
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/13645579.2020.1723202
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Accepted29 Nov 2019
Deposited08 Apr 2020
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Copyright informationThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Social Research Methodology on 4/2/2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13645579.2020.1723202.
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