'The good Muslim girl': conducting qualitative participatory research to understand the lives of young Muslim women in the bustees of Kolkata

Chakraborty, Kabita (2009) 'The good Muslim girl': conducting qualitative participatory research to understand the lives of young Muslim women in the bustees of Kolkata. Children's Geographies, 7 4: 421-434. doi:10.1080/14733280903234485


Author Chakraborty, Kabita
Title 'The good Muslim girl': conducting qualitative participatory research to understand the lives of young Muslim women in the bustees of Kolkata
Journal name Children's Geographies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1473-3285
1473-3277
Publication date 2009
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14733280903234485
Volume 7
Issue 4
Start page 421
End page 434
Total pages 14
Editor Hugh Matthews
Place of publication Abingdon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routhledge
Language eng
Subject 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified
Abstract This paper explores how participatory research processes aid in our understanding of a 'proper' Muslim girlhood in the bustees (urban slums) of Kolkata. Specifically, young women in this paper use PhotoVoice to analyse what it means to be a 'good Muslim girl' in the conservative Muslim slums. By focusing on clothing and the body, young women use photographs to depict societal expectations of them. This exploration points to various ways young women resist and challenge the normative understanding of the 'good girl' in their everyday lives. The paper shows that participatory inquiry can begin a process of dialogue amongst peers to address and support young women's desires. It ends by mapping the impact of young women's participation in this research project, and calls for new ways to quantify 'genuine children's participation'.
Keyword Girlhood
Muslim youth
Urban slums
Kolkata
PhotoVoice
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue: UN convention on the rights of the child 20 years on: the right to be properly researched

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