Indigenous Standpoint Theory

Foley, Dennis
April 2006
International Journal of the Humanities;Apr2006, Vol. 3 Issue 8, p25
Academic Journal
There are few Indigenous Australian PhD students graduating at Australian Universities. Indigenous approaches to knowledge, Indigenous Standpoint Theory have yet to be widely accepted within academic disciplines generally and the Humanities in particular. An Indigenous methodological approach to research is a process whereby research is not undertaken for the academic institution of the non-indigenous researcher alone, but rather, it is research undertaken for the researched. Knowledge is retained by and of value to the community being researched. This is seen as an Indigenous protocol that can stimulate the Indigenous higher-degree research student to participate in the documentation of Indigenous knowledge within a framework of Indigenous acceptability that also has academic rigor. Indigenous approaches to knowledge are a valid methodological approach within the framework of Indigenous Standpoint Theory. This enables Indigenous researchers to speak from their own cultural standpoint, assist in cultural maintenance and present their own epistemological ‘truth’ in an attempt to produce a more inclusive and therefore more complex form of knowledge.


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