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Immigrant Sisterhood: Visual Narratives of Asylum-Seeking Women in Italian Reception Centers

Sabine Tiefenthaler, Gemma Lynch


Immigrant Sisterhood is a feminist ethnographic collaborative research project where young female asylum seekers in first reception centers in Sardinia show through pictures and narratives different aspects of their life. The dominant visual representations of female refugees in media depict them as helpless victims or sexualized objects and this disregard women’s agency, voice and their resources. The aim of this PhotoVoice project is to focus on the strengths and challenges of female refugees in first reception centers in Italy. The female asylum seekers were included in the whole research process and used academic and non-academic strategies to show their results.


PhotoVoice; agency; resilience; participatory research; visual ethnography; refugee women

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