Collaboration as resistance? Reconsidering the processes, products, and possibilities of feminist oral history and ethnography

Koni Benson, Richa Nagar

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Abstract

As multiple norths emerge in the so-called souths (and vice versa) and non-government organizations (NGOs) become important partners in knowledge production, it becomes imperative for feminist actors to envision new collaborative methodologies that can simultaneously resist the 'deradicalization of feminist politics' in the increasingly corporatized academy as well as in the increasingly donor-driven, professionalized, and state-identified NGO sector. Based on an extensive reading of literature on oral history and critical ethnography, this viewpoint identifies four interrelated areas where reflexive interventions by feminist collaborators working across geographical, sociopolitical and institutional borders can advance such a project: rethinking the relationships between processes and products of collaboration; more conscious interweaving of the collaborative theories and methodologies; producing knowledges that can travel across the borders of academia/NGOs/people's movements; and reimagining reciprocity in collaboration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)581-592
Number of pages12
JournalGender, Place and Culture
Volume13
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2006

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