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Type: Journal article
Title: Living in the NOW: young people from refugee backgrounds pursuing respect, risk and fun
Author: Ramirez, M.
Matthews, J.
Citation: Journal of Youth Studies, 2008; 11(1):83-92
Publisher: Carfax Publishing Ltd
Issue Date: 2008
ISSN: 1367-6261
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Marcela Ramirez and Julie Matthews
Abstract: Narrating Our World (NOW) was an arts-based project that attempted to understand the educational experience of refugee young people. This article reflects on understandings generated during the course of the project. Rather than seeking a direct and explicit means of discussing young people's experience, the project made a deliberate effort to create a flexible and open space for activity and discussion led by the interests and enthusiasm of participants. Researchers found that, when given the choice, young people did not express negative experiences but preferred instead to present their interests, endeavours and hopes for the future in a positive light. They did not dwell in the past but used the programme to make the most of the opportunity to have fun and create connections. These connections were an unexpected and valuable outcome of the project. Young people were found to be actively negotiating and engaging with their new home, they appreciated the respect we showed them, they took risks and had fun. They are not dwelling or living in the past but are very much part of the present.
Keywords: asylum seekers
young adulthood
Rights: © 2008 Taylor & Francis
DOI: 10.1080/13676260701728814
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