Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples

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Zed Books Ltd., Oct 10, 2013 - Social Science - 256 pages

'A landmark in the process of decolonizing imperial Western knowledge.'
Walter Mignolo, Duke University

To the colonized, the term 'research' is conflated with European colonialism; the ways in which academic research has been implicated in the throes of imperialism remains a painful memory.

This essential volume explores intersections of imperialism and research - specifically, the ways in which imperialism is embedded in disciplines of knowledge and tradition as 'regimes of truth.' Concepts such as 'discovery' and 'claiming' are discussed and an argument presented that the decolonization of research methods will help to reclaim control over indigenous ways of knowing and being.

Now in its eagerly awaited second edition, this bestselling book has been substantially revised, with new case-studies and examples and important additions on new indigenous literature, the role of research in indigenous struggles for social justice, which brings this essential volume urgently up-to-date.



Imperialism History Writing and Theory
Research through Imperial Eyes
Colonizing Knowledges
Research Adventures on Indigenous Lands
Notes from Down Under
Setting a New Agenda
Articulating an Indigenous Research Agenda
Twentyfive Indigenous Projects
The Role of Research in Indigenous

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About the author (2013)

Professor Smith is Vice-Chancellor with responsibilities for Maori development at the University of Waikato, as well as Dean of the School of Maori and Pacific Development.

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