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    Making sense of the shifting ‘field’: ethical and practical considerations in researching life after immigration detention

    Turnbull, Sarah (2018) Making sense of the shifting ‘field’: ethical and practical considerations in researching life after immigration detention. In: Fili, A. and Jahnsen, S. and Powell, R. (eds.) Criminal Justice Research in an Era of Mass Mobility. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. ISBN 9781138284128. (In Press)

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    Abstract

    This chapter offers a critical discussion of, and reflection upon, some of the challenges and opportunities of doing community-based and remote (i.e., via telephone and new media) follow-up research as part of a larger study of immigration detention and deportation in the United Kingdom (UK). I draw on my experiences of conducting follow-up research with women and men that I first met during fieldwork in four immigration removal centres in the UK and who were subsequently released, either into the British community or returned to another country. The chapter illustrates the challenges of building―and then maintaining―such relationships, including balancing the research aims with ethical concerns, logistical challenges, and the ‘intimacies’ that frequently accompany these interpersonal relationships, navigating across various gender, racial, cultural, religious, national, and linguistic differences. I offer critical consideration of the ‘messiness’ of such research and encourage ongoing dialogue and discussion of these issues which inhere in the process of doing social science research.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): immigration detention, deportation, emotion, research ethics, follow up research, qualitative research methods
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Law
    Depositing User: Dr Sarah Turnbull
    Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2018 13:08
    Last Modified: 30 Apr 2018 13:08
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/22175

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