Skip to main content

Steppin’ in it: postcoloniality in northern Pakistan

Buy Article:

$48.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Abstract:

This paper examines the transcultural relations between researchers and research subjects in a postcolonial research setting. I draw from my experience doing dissertation research in northern Pakistan to discuss how my research subjects’ effectively constructed me as a sahib, or what I saw as a colonial subject position. I examine the ways that my research subjects and I co-constructed, although unequally, my position and location as a researcher. The asymmetries of power relations in research are exacerbated by postcolonial relations in this contact zone. The contribution of those I researched is significant towards understanding our locations as postcolonial subjects in this research setting, and the location from which I produced the research. While it was difficult to do research as anyone other than a sahib during my research, the stories I tell and metaphors I employ in this paper attempt to destabilize my location as a colonial sahib, an authority. The scatological references that run throughout this paper are an attempt to write against the inherently colonial epistemologies that underpin geographic research more generally.

Keywords: Pakistan; feminist research; postcolonial ethnography; transculturation

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1475-4762.00107

Affiliations: University of Waikato, Department of Geography, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton, New Zealand, Email: kbesio@waikato.ac.nz

Publication date: March 1, 2003

bpl/area/2003/00000035/00000001/art00005
dcterms_title,dcterms_description,pub_keyword
6
5
20
40
5

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
ingentaconnect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more