Theoretical Framework and Methods
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Given my personal background and the context and aim of the study, it became clear that the topic of social justice and the relationships with the participants in the field could not merely play a marginal role in the research process. The research paradigm that best fit these premises was the transformative paradigm which, according to Mertens (2009a), “emerged in response to individuals who have been pushed to the societal margins throughout history and who are finding a means to bring their voices into the world of research” (p. 3).
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