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 third edition, this bestselling book includes a co-written introduction and features contributions from indigenous scholars on the book's continued relevance to current research. It also features a chapter with twenty-five indigenous projects and a collection of poetry.
Comment: This book is essential for any student or scholar wishing to do research concerning indigenous peoples. The author demonstrates how we can best go about doing such research without inflicting further (epistemic) violence on indigenous peoples. The book forces researchers to question what they have done and what they are doing, often with unsettling implications for their work. At the same time, it offers a way forward by advocating for indigenous researchers.