Creating indigenous discourse

History, power and imperialism in academia, Palestinian case 1

Authored by: Janette Habashi

Routledge Handbook of South–South Relations

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138652002
eBook ISBN: 9781315624495
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This chapter examines the impossibilities of implementing decolonising research for indigenous scholars. In addition, it articulates the relationship between a decolonising research approach and the historical and current forms of academic imperialism; a prototype of the Palestinian legacy is presented. The author argues that the current indigenous discourse is a remnant of oppression. The existing indigenous discourse is not due to the original quest but, instead, it is in response to oppression. Also, the author explains the struggles of some indigenous scholars in complying with the reporting and ownership of knowledge that is required by Cartesian principles.

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