Decolonizing methodologies: Research and indigenous peoples

June 25, 2015

In this research methodology book, Smith explores the intersections of imperialism and research—to the colonized, the term “research” is conflated with colonialism, and academic research steeped in imperialism remains a painful reality. Smith then discusses concepts such as “discovery” and “claiming”, and argues that the decolonization of research methods will help to reclaim control over indigenous ways of knowing and being. Finally, the author proposes an Indigenous Research Agenda and provides examples of such research.

Smith, L. T. (2012). Decolonizing methodologies: Research and indigenous peoples. New York, NY: Zed Books.

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