Examining meaning-making and decolonial resistance in Pakistani women's stories of navigating coloniality and gender

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Chaudhary, Nabiha
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2024
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Decolonial resistance , Lahore , Meaning-making , Pakistani women , Punjabi , Transnational feminism
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Although Pakistan attained independence from the British colonial rule in 1947, the effects of colonial violence endure in the psychosocial realities of Pakistani people. Centering the stories about coloniality of two women leaders working in nongovernmental organizations, this article examines how psychological processes of meaning-making and decolonial resistance manifest in women's engagement with (de)coloniality in Lahore, Pakistan. I draw from transnational and decolonial feminisms and critical psychologies to highlight how two women's contextually shaped realities reflect colonial legacies interlaced with local and global inequities, and to document the ways women construe and resist coloniality-driven gender injustices. Using thematic narrative analysis, findings show that these women make sense of and resist coloniality through an intersectional approach, historical counter-narratives, and reimagination. The article discusses how context-specific decolonial strategies demonstrate women's agency and resistance within transnational feminist praxis, contributing to pluralistic and justice-enhancing approaches. The findings contribute to decolonizing psychological research by documenting Pakistani women's psychological processes and advancing non-Eurocentric knowledge and practices. © The Author(s) 2024.

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Chaudhary, N. Examining meaning-making and decolonial resistance in Pakistani women's stories of navigating coloniality and gender. (2024). Feminism and Psychology. DOI: 10.1177/09593535241233845
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SAGE Publications Ltd
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Feminism and Psychology
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0959-3535
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