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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 181-186

Creating existential spaces: what do oral history interviews held with Syrian refugee men tell us?

MA in Oriental Studies and BA in Political Sciences and Sociology and Humanitarian Worker, Istanbul, Turkey

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Isinsu Koc
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/INTV.INTV_47_18

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The dominant narratives on refugees evolve around vulnerability and trauma discourse that homogenizes a whole group of individuals as traumatized, therefore, vulnerable, as they exposed to an adversity. It is the self-narratives of refugees that reveal the complexity, uniqueness and totality of each person’s experience that can object to this passivation. Oral history in this respect stands as a crucial tool as it creates spaces of existence where refugees can speak freely about their own life stories to the extent and content she/he desires. This small research is a naïve attempt to apply life history approach, and oral history as one of its methodological tool, to psycho-social support at the intersection with refugee studies. Although evolved in different paradigms, this research aims to demonstrate that oral history can also empower refugees since their self-narratives stand as valid sources of reality to challenge the above mentioned discourses, now and then.

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