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Bogusia Temple and Rhetta Moran

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345981

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345981.001.0001

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Breaking the silence: participatory research processes about health with Somali refugee people seeking asylum

Breaking the silence: participatory research processes about health with Somali refugee people seeking asylum

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Doing research with refugees
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Rhetta Moran

Zeinab Mohamed

Hermione Lovel

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861345981.003.0004

This chapter presents the experiences of the authors from 1998 to 2001, when they developed a participatory research project in Manchester, England. This project involved people from Somalia who had recently arrived as refugees fleeing war. It first sets a brief historical background to the status in Somalia, and then describes how the members of the Somali community in Manchester and the academic researchers developed their methods for learning and improving health among the Somalis. The chapter also describes the process of evidence-base development and presents an early empirical example from the research project that shows how Somali women living in Britain are experiencing and solving barriers to their health needs within the primary-care system. It concludes with a discussion of the potential within this research approach for experiencing equality between community-based and academic researchers and community members.

Keywords:   participatory research project, Somali community, Manchester, war refugees, health, evidence-base development, health needs, primary-care system

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