Decolonizing Methodologies by Linda


Decolonizing Methodologies by Linda

Decolonizing Methodologies by Linda

Linda Tuhiwai Smith (Ngati Awa and Ngati Porou) is a Professor of Education and Maori Development and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Maori at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand.

This book explores the intersection of two powerful worlds, the world of indigenous peoples and the world of research. They are two important worlds for me: I move within them; in one sense I was born into one and educated into the other. I negotiate the intersection of these worlds every day. It can be a complicated, challenging and interesting space. When Decolonizing Methodologies was first published in 1999, indigenous activists were engaged with states and governments in the drafting of a proposed United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, commonly known as ‘The Draft Declaration’. At the same time the world of research – through its institutions, disciplines and communities – was concerned about educational and economic reforms and grappling with the advent of the Internet and other technologies. Today, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is official, albeit signed belatedly by my own country of New  Zealand, and research institutions have been so transformed by technology that it is hard to imagine carrying out teaching or research without access to the Internet and digital technologies.

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