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Disrupting habits of North–South research collaboration : learning in co-authoring (2020)

Kontinen, T., & Nguyahambi, A. M. (2020). Disrupting habits of North–South research collaboration : learning in co-authoring. European Journal of Development Research, 32(3), 529-543. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41287-020-00276-x

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All authors or editors: Kontinen, Tiina; Nguyahambi, Ajali M.

Journal or series: European Journal of Development Research

ISSN: 0957-8811

eISSN: 1743-9728

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 32

Issue number: 3

Pages range: 529-543

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/s41287-020-00276-x

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One of the frequently mentioned manifestations of asymmetrical relationships in North–South research collaboration has been challenges in co-authoring joint international publications. We critically reflect on our attempt to counteract this tendency and analyse a process of producing an edited volume on practices of citizenship in East Africa, which reports selected findings of a four-year collaborative research project between Tanzanian, Ugandan and Finnish academics. The project was based on philosophical pragmatism, and especially John Dewey’s ideas concerning learning as reformulation of habits. Consequently, our reflection of learning presented in this paper draws from the pragmatist notions of habit and disruption. We analyse how some prevalent habits in support of asymmetrical knowledge production emerged and the ways in which we attempted to reformulate them in our own practices by initiating continuous dialogue within the team, introduction of writing retreats and offering short-term fellowships.

Keywords: development research; international cooperation; scientific cooperation; academic writing; habits; learning; pragmatism

Free keywords: north–south collaboration; co-authorship; habits; learning; philosophical pragmatism

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Reporting Year: 2020

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