Decolonizing research: Collaborating with indigenist, posthuman, and new materialist perspectives

Wendy Somerville, Bethaney Turner, Kerrianne Markulin

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Decolonizing research practices question Western cultural normativity and work to expand the perspectives of academic research through inclusion of First Nations ontological, epistemological, axiological, and methodological perspectives in research design, enactment, and outputs. Indigenist Research frameworks necessitate that research is carried out with, not on, First Nations Australians. The use of methodological tools, such as yarning and storying, that aim to disrupt the researcher/research power dynamic and emphasize relationality are critical to decolonizing research efforts. These Indigenist Research approaches can also be brought into conversation with new materialist and posthuman theoretical approaches to develop decolonizing research practices that are attentive to multispecies and multisensorial entangled encounters.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Social Inclusion
Subtitle of host publicationResearch and Practices in Health and Social Sciences
EditorsPranee Liamputtong
Place of PublicationNetherlands
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783030895945
ISBN (Print)9783030895938
Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2022


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