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Indigenous Research Methodologies

Indigenous Research Methodologies

Second Edition

November 2019 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Author Bagele Chilisa has revised and updated her groundbreaking textbook to give a new generation of scholars a crucial foundation in indigenous methods, methodologies, and epistemologies. Addressing the increasing emphasis in the classroom and in the field to sensitize researchers and students to diverse perspectives--especially those of women, minority groups, former colonized societies, indigenous people, historically oppressed communities, and people with disabilities--the second edition of Indigenous Research Methodologies situates research in a larger, historical, cultural, and global context to make visible the specific methodologies that are commensurate with the transformative paradigm of social science research.

Chapters cover the history of research methods, ethical conduct, colonial and postcolonial epistemologies, relational epistemologies, emergent and indigenous methodologies, Afrocentric research, feminist research, narrative frameworks, interviewing, and participatory methods. New to the second edition are three new chapters covering evaluation, mixed methods, and mixed methods evaluation. These chapters focusing on decolonizing, indigenizing, and integrating these methods and applications to enhance participation of indigenous peoples as knowers and foster collaborative relationships.

Additional information on indigenous quantitative research reflects new developments in the field. New activities and web resources offer more depth and new ways for students to extend their knowledge. This textbook includes features such as key points, learning objectives, student exercises, chapter summaries, and suggested readings, making it an ideal textbook for graduate-level courses.

Chapter 1: Situating Knowledge Systems
Terminology in Postcolonial Indigenous Research Methodologies

Decolonization of Western Research Methodologies

Chapter 2: Research Paradigms
Contested Knowledge: Indigenous Perspectives or Paradigm?

A Postcolonial Indigenous Research Paradigm


Euro-Western Research Paradigms

Chapter 3: Discovery and Recovery: Reading and Conducting Research Responsibly
Postcolonial and Indigenous Theories

Researching Back: Methodological Imperialism

Postcolonial Theory and Language

Critical Race Theories

Chapter 4: Whose Reality Counts? Research Methods in Question
Colonizer/Colonized Dichotomies and the Ideology of the Other

Dismissing Indigenous Ways of Knowing

Research Ethics and the Legitimacy of Knowledge

Chapter 5: Postcolonial Indigenous Research Paradigms
Indigenous Knowledge and Research

Indigenizing Research Methodologies

Postcolonial Indigenous Research Paradigms

Relational Ontology in Context: Perspectives from Africa

Relational Ontology: Perspectives From Scholars in Canada and Australia

Relational Epistemologies

Relational Axiology

Relational Axiology: Perspectives From North America and Canada

Chapter 6: Decolonizing Evaluation
Why Evaluation

Evaluation Discourse in a Global Context

Blind Reliance on Eurocentric Tools

The Shift in Evaluation Practice

The Made in Africa Evaluation Perspective

Decolonization Intent

Value Added Framework

Indigenous Multicultural Validity

Conducting an Indigenous Evaluation

Chapter 7: Decolonizing Mixed Methods Research
Towards the Meaning of MMR

Mixed Methods Designs and Rationales

Indigenous Mixed Methods Approaches

Chapter 8: Indigenous Mixed Methods in Program Evaluation
The Indigenous Paradigmatic Lens

Embedding the Study in Global Knowledge

Chapter 9: Theorizing on Social Science Research Methods
Indigenous Perspectives

Methods Based on Ethnophilosophy

Storytelling Methods

What Language is the Story Told?

Chapter 10: Culturally Responsive Indigenous Research Methodologies
Regional, National, and Local Specific Methodologies

Paradigm, Methodology, and Methods

Validity and Reliability: An Overview

Validity: A Postcolonial Indigenous Framework

Accountability, Respectful Representation, Reciprocity, and Rights and Responsibilities

Kaupapa Maori Research Methodology

Cyclical Postcolonial Indigenous Research Methodologies: The Medicine Wheel

Pacific Research Methodologies

The Afrocentric Paradigm

Responsibilities of Researcher as Transformative Healer

Ethics that Underscore the Importance of Agreement and Consensus, Dialogue, and Particularity

Chapter 11: Decolonizing the Interview Method
The Conventional Interview Method: An Overview

Postcolonial Indigenous Interview Methods

Indigenous Focus-Group Interviews

Symbols in Postcolonial Indigenous Interview Methods

Conducting a Postcolonial Indigenous Interview

Chapter 12: Participatory Research Methods
Action Research: An Overview

Participatory Rural Appraisal

Other Methods

The Participatory Action Research Process

Chapter 13: Postcolonial Indigenous Feminist Research Methodologies
Postcolonial Indigenous Feminist Theory and Research Methodologies

Western Feminisms

Postcolonial Indigenous Feminisms

Indigenous Feminist Participatory Methods in Practice

Chapter 14: Building Partnerships and Integrating Knowledge Systems
Postcolonial Indigenous and Social Justice Working Relationships

Cross-Cultural Partnership Research and Collaboration between Academics and Donors

Planning Research from a Postcolonial Indigenous Research Perspective

Key features
  • Updates information with three new chapters on mixed methods, evaluation, and a case study of mixed methods evaluation to give students more in-depth application of indigenous methods
  • Presents an overview and synthesis of indigenous research methodologies and illustrates their application through case studies from around the world
  • Reviews the predominant research paradigms and indigenous paradigms and methodologies, showing how the decolonization of research can move from theory into practice
  • Demonstrates the application of postcolonial and indigenous methodologies and epistemologies to planning and conducting research, providing students with rich examples
  • Offers practical guidance on relationships between researchers and participants, with suggestions for how indigenous methodologies can be integrated in the global knowledge economy
  • Provides a variety of learning aids in each chapter including quotations from eminent scholars, learning objectives, "Before You Start" questions, and end-of-chapter activities and suggested readings that stimulate critical thinking

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ISBN: 9781483333472