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Rewriting the VictimDramatization as Research in Thailand's Anti-Trafficking Movement$
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Erin M. Kamler

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190840099

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190840099.001.0001

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Articulating Migrant Narratives

Articulating Migrant Narratives

(p.189) Chapter 11 Articulating Migrant Narratives
Rewriting the Victim

Erin M. Kamler

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, I discuss the narratives of the migrants who participated in focus groups following the “Land of Smiles” performances. Five key narratives emerged in these discussions, each of which engaged a process of the articulation of trauma. I discuss the process whereby a story gives “voice” to the “wound” of the traumatic experience, and follow this with a broader discussion of the idea of “witness;” the necessity of having an active participant who observes this articulation, thereby helping the wound to heal. I conclude by showing how these narratives had a liberatory effect on migrant participants, engaging processes that were rupturing, consciousness raising, dialogical, proactive and performative.

Keywords:   Migration, trafficking, trauma, witness, Thailand, Burma, liberation psychology, narrative, performance

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