But the same group of people confidently voiced their opinions during focus group sessions that followed the activity. Their engagement with our activities seemed to be limited because it puzzled them, perhaps because they could not understand what we had designed for their engagement.
An educated person’s presence causing anxiety in people who have not been through formal education is also an outcome of colonialism, don’t you think? To me it reflects the idea of the one holding knowledge being powerful over the other.
The article was intended to not completely dismiss what could be learnt from other cultures, such as the West. But, to highlight how methodologies developed in the West cannot be ripped off and applied in local context. Acknowledging what we can learn from other cultures but being critical about the politics they carry.
You’d be surprised :)
Europeans, for years now, have dismissed ‘other’ cultures as primitive, mysterious, alluring, uncultured, thus flattening the way other cultures configure themselves in the world. Orientalism, a scholarly work by Edward Said speaks of this in detail. Find the paper here —…
Most of ‘educated’ India’s thought is conditioned by the Western way of thinking due to the formal education we receive in our schools and colleges. Our institutions are built upon European ideologies that was introduced to us by the British.
The groups that we were working with, many of them who haven’t received formal…
Some of us from were working on specific projects within community healthcare, such as, arthritis amongst elder women of the community. Procuring homogenous target groups for the same was necessary to understand the underlying infrastructural issues that lead to such problems in the community.