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Sample AbstractWeaving Together the Lives of Refugee Women
Maria Beltran-Figueroa and Rey Ty
•Addressing the problems in providing refugee services, this paper discusses a
case study of a participatory action research involving the weaving project of
refugee women. Using feminist post-structuralist deconstructive analysis, this
paper dissects the dominant binary views and practices prevailing in refugee
service as well as describes alternative perspectives and practices. Data were
gathered through participant observation, site visits, community dialogue, and
document review. The findings reveal that the alternative human rights based and
culturally sensitive approaches to refugee services promote the economic and
political empowerment of women refugees. As policy implication, additional
services must be made available, which are based upon and respectful of the
prior knowledge, skills, and values of refugees, aside from the important standard
services regularly offered to the refugees.
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