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Researching “Resilience”: Reflections from the Field, Past and Present

Ahmed, S and McGowan, W (2022) Researching “Resilience”: Reflections from the Field, Past and Present. Sentio, 4. ISSN 2632-2455

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In this discussion, Sabrina Ahmed and William McGowan look forwards and backwards, respectively, at two research projects focused on the knotty, contested, and ubiquitous concept of “resilience”. While McGowan’s research into survivors of political violence and terrorism has come to an end, Ahmed’s empirical work looking at the impacts of security and counter-terrorism policies on the refugee community in Bangladesh is still in motion. In this discussion, the two researchers reflect on how they both grapple with this idea of resilience as researchers, at the beginning and ends of their respective research journeys, including the ways they approach their fieldwork. Touching on a variety of topics, from vernacular understandings of security, to bringing differing degrees of professional experience to bear on their current understandings of resilience, the piece is written as a back-and-forth dialogic engagement with the subject, making for a lively and readable contribution. Although focusing on resilience specifically, the piece will be of interest to anyone thinking through questions of epistemology, methodology, and method from a variety of disciplines more broadly.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Justice Studies (from Sep 19)
Publisher: SeNSS
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2022 16:19
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 10:45
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17501
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