feminism, race, transnationalism

Volume 18, Number 2

“Listening in Arabic”

The following audio files are excerpted from Listening in Arabic: Feminist Research with Syrian Refugee Mothers” which is published in Volume 18, Number 2. When asked to elaborate on their work, the authors had this to say:

“This article reflects upon three developments emergent from a feminist approach in research with Syrian newcomer mothers in Toronto, Canada. First, a feminist approach shapes how the authors build their research team and facilitate internal meetings as a diverse, multigenerational group open to learning from others. Second, a feminist approach requires that the authors center mothers’ words through the critical practice of ensuring shared Arabic language and local knowledge in the research process. The authors offer excerpts in Arabic and English from participants’ narratives to describe how giving nuance to multiple forms of expression is key to a feminist practice of translation. Third, the authors describe how this approach opens their project to involve a range of participatory-action activities driven by the voices and desires of participants. The authors end by summarizing their ethical and methodological practices in light of inequalities at the intersection of citizenship status, class, nation, race, and other categories of asymmetrical power. These inequalities shape the authors’ attempts to reorganize conventional participant-researcher and student-faculty dynamics in their work together.”



Title | Authors | Abstract


Excerpt 1 | Participant 1 & Rula Kahil, Vol. 18, No. 2, Page 490


Excerpt 2 | Participant 3 & Rula Kahil, Vol. 18, No. 2, Page 491


Excerpt 3 | Participant 34, Vol. 18, No. 2, Page 495


Excerpt 4 | Participant 13 & Rula Kahil, Vol. 18, No. 2, Page 498


Excerpt 5 | Participant 6 & Rula Kahil, Vol. 18, No. 2, Page 499


Excerpt 6 | Participant 15 & Rula Kahil, Vol. 18, No. 2, Page 499


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Volume 18, Number 2.