Community Based Female Genital Cutting (Fgc) Intervention in the Uk: Using Youth as Agents of Social Transformation Within Asylum & Immigrant Communities in the London Boroughs of Brent, Harrow & Westminster Essay

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SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY DISSERTATION COMMUNITY BASED FEMALE GENITAL CUTTING (FGC) INTERVENTION IN THE UK: USING YOUTH AS AGENTS OF SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION WITHIN ASYLUM & IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES IN THE LONDON BOROUGHS OF BRENT, HARROW & WESTMINSTER Written by Susan Mensah Roehampton University Department for Business and Social Sciences 80 Roehampton Lane London SW15 5SL 2008 1 STATEMENT OF PERMISSION TO USE Whilst researching this paper, utmost precaution was taken to safeguard the rights and wellbeing of all the participants in the study in accordance with the ethical guidelines set by the American Anthropological Association (1998) and the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects 45 CFR 46 (2001) also known as the ‘Common Rule‘. Due to the vulnerability of the participants and the sensitivity of the data, I ensured the anonymity of the informants by protecting their names and identities in all my field notes and records. Furthermore, before conducting the study, and in order to protect the participants, permission was obtained from The Foundation for Women’s Health, Research and Development (FORWARD), by way of a letter of access. The method of investigation involved Action Research techniques using participant observation, focus group discussions and questionnaires to gather primary data. Secondary data was obtained using information from publicly available sources. 2 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Marzia Balzani, Reader in the Department of Social Anthropology at Roehampton University, supervised my field research. We were in contact throughout 2007-8 and she assisted me in my preparations for this study. Therefore, I wish to thank Marzia for all her help, guidance and support in reading earlier drafts of this work. I would also like to thank Garry Marvin for overseeing my dissertation and for his advice and assistance in general. I would also like to

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