Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples

Author(s): Linda Tuhiwai Smith

NZ Maori

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 decolonisation of research methods will help to reclaim control over indigenous ways of knowing and being. Now in its eagerly awaited second edition, published in New Zealand by Otago University Press, this bestselling book has been substantially revised, with new case-studies and examples and important additions on new indigenous literature, and the role of research in indigenous struggles for social justice, which brings this essential volume urgently up-to-date.


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Professor Smith is Pro Vice-Chancellor Maori at the University of Waikato, and Dean of the School of Maori and Pacific Development and a professor of Education and Maori Development. The first edition of this book has become a seminal text in indigenous studies. Her other publications canvass a wide range of academic disciplines. She has worked with a number of Maori scholars, most notably her husband Professor Graham Hingangaroa Smith. She has been President of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education, a Council and Chair of the Maori Health Committee, Chair of the Social Sciences Panel of the Marsden Council and member of the Constitutional Review Panel. She has also been active in establishing Maori educational initiatives from early childhood to higher education, was an inaugural co-Director of the Maori Research Centre of Excellence, Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga, and is currently the Director of the Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato. Linda is a daughter, a sister and cousin, a mother and aunt and a grandmother in an extended family.

1. Imperialism, History, Writing and Theory -- 2. Research through Imperial Eyes -- 3. Colonizing Knowledges -- 4. Research Adventures on Indigenous Land -- 5. Notes from Down Under -- 6. The Indigenous People's Project: Setting a New Agenda -- 7. Articulating an Indigenous Research Agenda -- 8. Twenty-Five Indigenous Projects -- 9. Responding to the Imperatives of an Indigenous Agenda: A Case Study of Maori -- 11. Choosing the Margins: the role of research in indigenous struggles for social justice -- 12. Indigenous Activism - Indigenous Research.

General Fields

  • : 9781877578281
  • : University of Otago Press
  • : University of Otago Press
  • : June 2012
  • : New Zealand
  • : June 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Linda Tuhiwai Smith
  • : Paperback
  • : 2nd Edition
  • : 305.80072
  • : 256