IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/a/mig/journl/v12y2015i2p162-171.html
   My bibliography  Save this article

Marginalized at the center: how public narratives of suffering perpetuate perceptions of refugees’ helplessness and dependency

Author

Listed:
  • Otieno Kisiara

    () (Nazareth College, 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618, United States)

Abstract

This paper critiques the common practice of people from refugee backgrounds giving presentations and testimonials on their displacement experiences, in college, university, and similar institutional settings. While such speaking events may be framed as opportunities to centre refugee voices, this paper argues that the totality of the presentation environments, especially their focus on narratives of suffering, do in fact reinforce the marginal and powerless position with which refugees are associated. To counteract the marginalizing effects of such presentations, the paper suggests alternative ways of presentations that more meaningfully involve refugees in framing and directing such speaking events

Suggested Citation

  • Otieno Kisiara, 2015. "Marginalized at the center: how public narratives of suffering perpetuate perceptions of refugees’ helplessness and dependency," Migration Letters, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 12(2), pages 162-171, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:12:y:2015:i:2:p:162-171
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: https://journal.tplondon.com/index.php/ml/article/viewFile/428/378
    Download Restriction: no

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:12:y:2015:i:2:p:162-171. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (I. Sirkeci). General contact details of provider: https://www.tplondon.com/ .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.