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ERIC Number: EJ1108634
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7925
Doing the "Work of Hearing": Girls' Voices in Transnational Educational Development Campaigns
Khoja-Moolji, Shenila
Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, v46 n5 p745-763 2016
There is an increasing focus in transnational campaigns for girls' education and empowerment on highlighting the voices of girls from the global south. These moves are made in response to feminist critiques of said campaigns for not attending to the diverse, multiple and complex lived experiences of girls. This article engages in theorising these present encounters and suggests alternate methodologies for engaging with girls. It argues that eliciting/granting voice to marginalised groups (such as girls from the global south, in this case) involves doing the "work of hearing"; devoid of this, the voices become a mere add-on. Focusing on an engagement with girls in Pakistan, the author theorises that the practice of hearing entails attending to the seepages and excesses of girls' voices--or, that which exceeds dominant codes--that point to the multiplicity of their investments, commitments and visions of good life; being open to new terms of development that are identified by the participants themselves, terms that may not align with prevalent "best practices"; and being cognisant of the weight that Eurocentric knowledges carry, which often makes the work of hearing indigenous knowledges difficult.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pakistan
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