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ERIC Number: EJ989808
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1043-7797
Teaching about a Sex Work Community in India: Toward a Postcolonial Pedagogy
Ghose, Toorjo
Journal of Social Work Education, v48 n4 p707-726 Dec 2012
Scholars have questioned the validity of universal social work values and the manner in which international welfare interventions manage basic needs without affecting structural change. This article examines a class on engaging with sex workers in India that was informed by the critiques of normative international welfare engagement. The analysis drew on qualitative interviews with 18 participants, students' written responses, and the instructor's field notes. Results indicate that structural factors, the class material, and the class format helped students immerse themselves in community life, challenge preconceptions about the community, validate beliefs and ideologies that emerged out of the lived experience of sex workers, and engage in social change. Implications for international social work education and pedagogy are discussed. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: India