Methods of mapping ethnographic data on migration, tourism labor, and health risk in the Dominican Republic

The Florida Geographer

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Title Methods of mapping ethnographic data on migration, tourism labor, and health risk in the Dominican Republic
Creator Livingston, Karina; Florida International University
Padilla, Mark; Florida International University
Scott, Derrick; Florida International University
Colon-Burgos, Jose Felix; Florida International University
Reyes, Armando Matiz; Florida International University
Varas-Diaz, Nelson; Florida International University

Description This paper focuses on a mixed-method approach to quantifying qualitative data from the results of an ongoing NIDA-funded ethnographic study entitled “Migration, Tourism, and the HIV/Drug-Use Syndemic in the Dominican Republic”. This project represents the first large-scale mixed method study to identify social, structural, environmental, and demographic factors that may contribute to ecologies of health vulnerability within the Caribbean tourism zones. Our research has identified deportation history as a critical factor contributing to vulnerability to HIV, drugs, mental health problems, and other health conditions. Therefore, understanding the movements of our participants became a vital aspect of this research. This paper describes how we went about translating 37 interviews into visual geographic representations. These methods help develop possible strategies for confronting HIV/AIDS and problematic substance use by examining the ways that these epidemics are shaped by the realities of people’s labor migration and the spaces they inhabit.  Our methods for mapping this qualitative data contribute to the ongoing, broadening capabilities of using GIS in social science research. A key contribution of this work is its integration of different methodologies from various disciplines to help better understand complex social problems.
Publisher The Florida Geographer
Date 2016-07-31
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article

Format application/pdf
Source The Florida Geographer; Vol 47 (2016): The Florida Geographer
Language eng

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