Indigenous Persons with Disability in Remote Australia: Research Methodology and Indigenous Community Control

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Abstract

Decolonisation aims to deconstruct the hegemonic traditional
Western academic practices and values that oppress
Indigenous peoples. Decolonising research methodologies
is a relatively new practice in disability research in colonised
nations. This paper details the Indigenous communitycontrolled
research methodology that underpinned a disability
research project with the Anangu and Yarnangu of
Central Australia, ‘Walykumunu Nyinaratjaku: To Live a
Good Life’. The project aimed to identify and explore how
to support Indigenous people with a disability in the
Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Lands to
live a good life. The research was structured on a decolonising
methodology to situate the control and governance
of the research with the Indigenous peoples. Our experience
could assist other disability researchers working with
Indigenous peoples in remote communities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1025-1045
Number of pages21
JournalDisability and Society
Volume33
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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