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ERIC Number: EJ1029001
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 17
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ISSN: ISSN-1520-3247
Theoretical, Methodological, and Ethical Challenges to the Study of Immigrants: Perils and Possibilities
Mahalingam, Ramaswami; Rabelo, VerĂ³nica Caridad
New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, n141 p25-41 Aut 2013
Research on immigrant communities has often been reductionist, stereotypical, and simplistic, and even the most well-intentioned researchers are susceptible to using cultural deficit models. This chapter critically evaluates some of the dominant tensions and problem areas with respect to researching immigrant communities. Specifically, we analyze three primary challenges that researchers encounter: the heterogeneity of immigrant lives, adequate representations of immigrant communities, and researcher privilege. In addition to identifying these unique theoretical, methodological, and ethical concerns, we draw from critical theory, feminist scholarship, and cultural psychology to provide an interdisciplinary solution. For researchers investigating immigrant communities, we advocate the following: (a) grounding of intersectional frameworks; (b) reliance on a risk and resilience framework; (c) phenomenological understanding of immigrants' everyday lives; (d) inclusion of immigrant participants' voices; and (e) cultivation of negative capability. Finally, we briefly review selected studies that address three recurring challenges that researchers face and heed our five recommendations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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