How do diverse stakeholder groups perceive the activities of Non-Government Organisations working with disadvantaged children in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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2018-11-5
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Ankers, Matthew
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Flinders University
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Abstract
The focus of this presentation are the theories of social constructionism, postcolonialism and the social construction of the child and how these theoretical ideas are used to inform data collection and analysis in my thesis. Firstly, my thesis investigates key stakeholder groups affected by Non-Government Organisation work with disadvantaged children in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Social constructionism is drawn on to demonstrate how a relative positioning can aid the investigation of multiple groups engaged with the same phenomena of interest. Secondly, social constructionism and postcolonialism are proposed as acting as a lens to help identify aspects of Cambodian discourse that may reflect the impact of French colonialism and the Khmer Rouge. Specifically, postcolonialism critique of European constructions of the 'self' and 'other' will be used as a foundation for analysis of the data to look for similar socially constructed dualisms. These dualisms may include 'developed/undeveloped', 'humanitarian/sufferer' or in reference to the Khmer Rouge in an 'us/them' mentality. Finally, literature on the thesis topic is limited with regards to the voice of the child, with the majority of research focused on the adult's voice. The social construction of the child by James and Prout (2015) suggests that the child's voice in research should be more than a by-product of adult research as they are social actors with influence in their own right. As children are a focus of this study, the theory is used to help understand how children are constructed by the adult participants and how this may be used, along with the child voice, to help this cohort have a greater say in research and decision-making processes.
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This abstract was prepared for the inaugural 'HDR Student Conference', Flinders University, November 2018. Copyright © the author
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Social Constructionism, Postcolonialism, Cambodia, non-government organisation, Child
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Ankers, Matthew (2018, November) How do diverse stakeholder groups perceive the activities of Non-Government Organisations working with disadvantaged children in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Paper presented at 'HDR Student conference', Flinders University, Bedford Park.