Whose Knowledge, Whose Voice? Power, Agency and Resistance in Disability Studies for the Global South

  • JosAnn CutajarEmail author
  • Casimir Adjoe
Part of the International Perspectives on Social Policy, Administration, and Practice book series (IPSPAP)


Meekosha (2011) maintains that research and theories about disability derive mainly from the global North. Disability studies rarely include non-metropolitan thinkers. Even when it does, this research tends to be seen as context specific, and the social theories which emanate from these studies are rarely referred to in research theorizing disability in the North. This chapter sets out to investigate how this one-way transfer of knowledge affects the way disability studies is conceptualized—whose experiences are incorporated and whose are left out. Multilateral debate and dialogue between disability studies academics and activists in different locations around the world would help add to the knowledge already available in the field, while keeping others informed about what is taking place in ‘similar’ situations elsewhere.


Disability research Power Agency Resistance Knowledge transfer Knowledge contestations Colonising research Neocolonialism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MaltaMsidaMalta
  2. 2.Central University CollegeTemaGhana

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