Authors: Disha Mullick*, Khabar Lahariya, Michelle Buckley*, University of Toronto, Paula Chakravartty, New York University
Topics: Migration, Qualitative Research
Keywords: collaborative research; feminist transnational praxis; labor migration
Session Type: Paper
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This paper offers our preliminary collective thoughts on the methods of doing collaborative research on work and employment in the construction trades. Based on a collaborative research project whose partners include a global union, a feminist media co-operative and transnational labour law scholars, this paper reflects on our collective learning of Richa Nagar's (2011, 2014) key writings on the Eurocentric white gaze, transnational feminist praxis, uneven institutional power geometries and North-South partnerships. In particular, we reflect on the potential epistemological, political and methodological value that partnership-based work offers for eliciting new sites for querying 'labour' across borders, for understanding the political economy of construction work, and for collective . We also reflect on the challenges of this work, and the ongoing efforts of the group on operationalize reciprocity, accountability and reflexivity within the research process.