AO. "local" knowledge and assumed foreign expertise

  • AO: Western researchers (with funding) assume they know the best “problem space” so design the survey whereas non-Western local researchers feel that the research design and instrument developed in Aberdeen were not that suitable and therefore were puzzled about what to do.

    • “some words were used in the research instrument which were not acceptable for the Southern researchers, such as ‘non-western belief’.”

  • AO: Local researchers feel like their localness enables them (“from the very beginning”) to have a better understanding of the situation. (from direct quote from global South interviewee in the paper):  “In fact, it is the reality that none of the Northern partners are experts on culture and values of the Southern society (though they presume so), therefore there is a gap in ideas.” (1959)


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