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dc.contributor.advisorZaidi, Rahat
dc.contributor.authorAlatrash, Ghada
dc.date2019-06
dc.date.accessioned2019-01-04T20:09:35Z
dc.date.available2019-01-04T20:09:35Z
dc.date.issued2019-01-03
dc.identifier.citationAlatrash, G. (2019). On the Lived Experience of the Syrian Diaspora in Canada (Unpublished doctoral thesis). University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1880/109417
dc.description.abstractThe Syrian Diaspora today is a complex topic that speaks to issues of dislocation, displacement, loss, exile, identity, resilience and a desire for belonging. My research sought to better understand these issues and the lived experience and human condition of the Syrian Diaspora. In my research, I thought through this main question: How do Syrian newcomers come to make sense of what it means to have lost a home and a homeland as it relates to the Syrian Diasporic experience? I broached the Syrian diasporic subject by thinking through an anti-Orientalist, anti- colonial framework, and I engaged autoethnography as a research methodology and as a method as I reflexively thought through and wrote from my own personal experience as a Syrian immigrant so that I could better understand the Syrian refugee’s human experience. I held three open-ended, unstructured, interactive interviews in which I engaged my participants’ voices and stories in co-constructing knowledge on my research topic. My research participants were three Syrian refugee families in Calgary, and the interviews were held with the adults in the family. I sought a heterogeneous representation in my participants by seeking diversity in religion/ethnicity, in educational and socio-economic backgrounds, in political affiliations, as well as in their routes of immigration. I employed the notion of a “cultural verstehen of others,” or an empathetic understanding of others, and I reflected on how it can act as an important tool in a process of “cross-cultural pollination” (Chang, 2008, pp. 27-29) between Syrian newcomers and Canadian hosts. As I autoethnographically analyzed, presented, and interpreted the stories as told by the peoples of the Syrian Diaspora, I identified the following themes: “On the meanings and feelings of the lived experience of the Syrian Diasporic realities,” “On issues of language,” and “On creating new possibilities: Activating and actualizing the third space.” My findings spoke to the meaning of homeland, the meaning and feeling of being refugee, forced displacement, cultural identity, negotiating differences, resilience, language, cultural intersections and third spaces, and activating and actualizing the third space.en_US
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dc.rightsUniversity of Calgary graduate students retain copyright ownership and moral rights for their thesis. You may use this material in any way that is permitted by the Copyright Act or through licensing that has been assigned to the document. For uses that are not allowable under copyright legislation or licensing, you are required to seek permission.en_US
dc.subjectSyrian Refugeesen_US
dc.subjectAutoethnographyen_US
dc.subjectSyrian Diasporaen_US
dc.subject.classificationEducationen_US
dc.titleOn the Lived Experience of the Syrian Diaspora in Canadaen_US
dc.typedoctoral thesisen_US
dc.publisher.facultyWerklund School of Educationen_US
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Calgaryen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)en_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEducation Graduate Program – Educational Researchen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Calgaryen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSimmons, Marlon
dc.contributor.committeememberLowan-Trudeau, Gregory


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