Scholarship regarding those who are categorized as undocumented can put sanctuary principles into practice in research settings. To do so, scholars can conduct research in collaboration with immigrant communities, reject essentializing terminology, develop modes of sociality that challenge exclusion, and document the unofficial forms of sanctuary devised by members of immigrant communities. This research model is grounded in principles of accompaniment that were followed by 1980s activists who offered sanctuary to those fleeing wars in Central America. Examples of research initiatives and educational programs that follow such principles are presented.
Insurgent Collaboration: Sanctuary as Research Practice
Linda E. Sánchez is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. Correspondence to: Linda E. Sánchez, Department of Anthropology, 3151 Social Sciences Plaza, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697, USA. Email: email@example.com.
Susan Bibler Coutin is Professor in the Departments of Criminology, Law and Society and Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. Correspondence to: Susan Bibler Coutin, Department of Criminology, Law and Society, 2340 Social Ecology II, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Linda E. Sánchez, Susan Bibler Coutin; Insurgent Collaboration: Sanctuary as Research Practice. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 March 2020; 9 (1): 106–110. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2020.9.1.106
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