“Sleeping in a boundary” constructing the meaning of health in a refugee camp

Sarah J Hoffman, Jaci Stich, Sidhra Musani, Cheryl L Robertson

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Sociopolitical discourses surrounding refugee migration and resettlement are characterized by divisiveness, assumptions, and fear. When these discussions are grounded in the narratives of women refugees a deeper understanding of issues impacting health, family, and resilience emerges. We examine how 26 Karen women living in camps along the Thai-Burma border construct meaning around health, in relation to livelihoods. Through directed content analysis, themes emerged: precursors to achieving health, health and livelihoods, and position and agency. Women identified barriers and facilitators to health, identified a dynamic relationship between health and livelihoods, and described their position and agency in the systems they navigate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)744-760
Number of pages17
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Issue number7-9
StatePublished - Aug 20 2019

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