Documenting Displacement: Questioning Methodological Boundaries in Forced Migration Research (McGill-Queen's Refugee and Forced Migration Studies Series #7) (Hardcover)
Legal precarity, mobility, and the criminalization of migrants complicate the study of forced migration and exile. Traditional methodologies can obscure both the agency of displaced people and hierarchies of power between researchers and research participants. This project critically assesses the ways in which knowledge is co-created and reproduced through narratives in spaces of displacement, advancing a creative, collective, and interdisciplinary approach. Documenting Displacement explores the ethics and methods of research in diverse forced migration contexts and proposes new ways of thinking about and documenting displacement. Each chapter delves into specific ethical and methodological challenges, with particular attention to unequal power relations in the co-creation of knowledge, questions about representation and ownership, and the adaptation of methodological approaches to contexts of mobility. Contributors reflect honestly on what has worked and what has not, providing useful points of discussion for future research by both established and emerging researchers. Innovative in its use of arts-based methods, Documenting Displacement invites researchers to explore new avenues guided not only by the procedural ethics imposed by academic institutions, but also by a relational ethics that more fully considers the position of the researcher and the interests of those who have been displaced.
Katarzyna Grabska is a senior researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo. Christina R. Clark-Kazak is associate professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa.
“Documenting Displacement advances and challenges our thinking and approach to conducting ethically sound research with people on the move. It effectively questions our more traditional research tools and approaches while providing guidance in how to explore alternatives.” Susan McGrath, York University