Decolonizing Methodologies (2nd ed.)

Research and Indigenous Peoples

by Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith

'A landmark in the process of decolonizing imperial Western knowledge.'
Walter Mignolo, Duke University

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 second edition, this bestselling book has been substantially revised, with new case-studies and examples and important additions on new indigenous literature, the role of research in indigenous struggles for social justice, which brings this essential volume urgently up-to-date.

  • Zed Books; October 2013
  • ISBN: 9781848139527
  • Edition: 2
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  • Title: Decolonizing Methodologies
  • Author: Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith
  • Imprint: Zed Books

In The Press

'A landmark in the process not only of decolonizing methodology, but of decolonizing imperial Western knowledge and ways of knowing.'
Walter Mignolo, Duke University

'Linda Tuhiwai Smith's trail-blazing book is one of the greatest contributions towards instilling pride and dignity in indigenous peoples all over the world.'
Harald Gaski, University of Tromsø, Norway.

'This second edition will secure and expand the place of this book as a classic in the field of indigenous methodologies.'
Patti Lather, Ohio State University

'Persuasive, evocative, and enduring.'
Margaret Kovach, University of Saskatchewan

'Equips indigenous scholars with a series of methodological and political strategies for developing research that is enabling and empowering.'
Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Indigenous Studies Research Network, Queensland University of Technology

'A text of broad intellectual reach and political depth, this book transformed the fields of educational research and critical epistemology.'
Michelle Fine, City University New York

About The Author

Professor Smith is Vice-Chancellor with responsibilities for Maori development at the University of Waikato, as well as Dean of the School of Maori and Pacific Development.