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Title: Parody and power in the gaze : representations of the illiterate Indian village woman
Author: Chopra, Priti
ISNI:       0000 0004 2714 9083
Awarding Body: King's College London (University of London)
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis explores critiques of dominant research and policy discourses on 'illiterate' women. These critiques suggest a complex variety of agendas more pertinent to the lives of adult education learners. They offer policymakers and practitioners alternative perspectives on meaning making through researching learners' lives and adult education practices. My ethnographic research study, conducted over a period of three years and based in two districts of Bihar (Sitamarhi and Begusarai) and two districts of Uttaranchal (Pithoragarh and Almora), contributes to this exploration. My writing also explores the practice of ethnography as a means of 'listening' to learners' experiences and realities in order to 'speak back' to the policy and practice of adult education programmes. I examine the discursive practices which create symbolic boundaries between 'illiterate' and 'literate' women. I claim that ethnographic research may enable us to develop an analysis which recognises multiple contexts of representation engaging different women's voice, visibility and agency. Ethnographic 'accounts' do provide insights into 'other 96 realities which form a part of subjective processes through which women, as different, understand, use and create knowledge to write themselves into multi-layered representations. This, in turn, contributes to and suggests processes for rethinking constructs and relationships between gender, literacy and development.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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