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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(3), 73; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8030073

Working Through Uncertainty: The Perils and Potential of Community-Engaged Research on Refugee Resettlement

Sociology Department, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI 54901, USA
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Received: 22 January 2019 / Revised: 19 February 2019 / Accepted: 21 February 2019 / Published: 28 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Engaged Scholarship for Resilient Communities)
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What can be learned from the process of community-engaged research (CER) on refugee resettlement? In the following, we share experiences, reflections, and lessons from implementing such a project. We begin with background on refugee resettlement and recent resettlement dynamics in the United States and Wisconsin, as well as literature on the study of refugees and this type of research more generally. Results and discussion are presented though our understanding of, and involvement with, the process via a framework of CER desired process outcomes, which we both propose and utilize to encourage effective efforts with marginalized populations going forward. CER is challenging and must be undertaken thoughtfully. One of the paper’s primary contributions is to share successes and failures in a transparent and unvarnished fashion. In particular, researchers need to share power and listen deeply, actions that will reverberate throughout such a process. Doing so comes with certain risks, and may be tangled, but also has strong potential to produce useful data, deep learning for researchers and participants, as well as empowerment of marginalized populations and relationship building that can yield future collaboration towards resilience. View Full-Text
Keywords: community-engaged research; refugee resettlement; process; participation; uncertainty community-engaged research; refugee resettlement; process; participation; uncertainty
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Van Auken, P.; Hauser, O.; Wolover, D.J.; Lerch, B.; Jackson, K.; Son, J.; Reed, S.; Crowley, C. Working Through Uncertainty: The Perils and Potential of Community-Engaged Research on Refugee Resettlement. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 73.

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