Visual ethnography and refugee women: nuanced understandings of lived experiences
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Purpose - Research with single refugee women in Brisbane, Australia, demonstrates how discussing photographs and creating digital movies yielded a sense of achievement, pride and accomplishment, health and wellbeing, and ownership for some women, while for others it was a burden. Design/methodology/approach - Visual ethnography has become an established methodology particularly in qualitative studies, to understand specific themes within participants' everyday realities. Beyond providing a visual element, such methods allow for meaningful and nuanced explorations of sensitive themes, allowing richer sets of data to emerge rather than focussing on conversations alone. The participants evaluated how far they had come by exploring complex circumstances using visual ethnographic means. Visual ethnography is particularly suited to understanding refugee narratives, as complex experiences are not always conveyed through textual representations alone. Findings - Findings reinforce the significance of visual ethnography as a tool for mental health promotion. Originality/value - Studies with single refugee women have been scarce with limited use of visual ethnographic methods. - See more at: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=17082698&show=abstract#sthash.6n9g7KX6.dpuf
Qualitative Research Journal
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Race and Ethnic Relations