Whose Research Is It? Reflection on Participatory Research with Women and Girls with Disabilities in the Global South

  • Xuan Thuy Nguyen
Keywords: global South, disability, girls, participatory research, decolonizing

Abstract

Drawing on the Transforming Disability Knowledge, Research, and Activism project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2016-2020), this article critically reflects on the project’s participatory research process that involved young women and girls with disabilities in the Global South. I discuss epistemological and methodological questions related to the deployment of decolonizing research methodologies in the Global South in relation to theoretical and methodological approaches for engaging girls with disabilities. I argue that a critical, reflexive, and decolonizing research approach that embodies knowledge from the Global South is essential for empowering these girls to express themselves through multiple forms of representation.

Author Biography

Xuan Thuy Nguyen

Xuan Thuy Nguyen, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies and Pauline Jewett Institute of Women's and Gender Studies at Carleton University in Canada. She is the Principal Investigator on the collaborative research project Transforming Disability Knowledge, Research, and Activism (TDKRA), funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2016-2020). Her research focuses on the transdisciplinary areas of critical disability studies, human rights, inclusive education, and critical childhood studies.

Published
2020-12-10
How to Cite
Nguyen, X. T. (2020). Whose Research Is It? Reflection on Participatory Research with Women and Girls with Disabilities in the Global South. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 12(2), 129-153. Retrieved from http://jeunessejournal.ca/index.php/yptc/article/view/554
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Articles