Knowledges and knowing: indigenous and alternative knowledges and the western canon

Hickey, Andrew and Austin, Jon (2011) Knowledges and knowing: indigenous and alternative knowledges and the western canon. The International Journal of Science in Society, 2 (2). pp. 83-88. ISSN 1836-6236


A shift in the way that knowledge is understood and recognised has been occurring in the Western academy in recent years. Marked by significant works from within the academy, such as those by Connell (2008), Denzin and Lincoln (2005), and Kincheloe and Semali (1998), and from a growing acknowledgment of theorists, academics and activists from outside the canon, the understanding of knowledge systems and ways of knowing different to that from the West has gathered momentum. This paper will explore some of the key tenets of recent writing in the engagement of 'indigenous' and 'alternative' knowledge systems in terms of 'border' theory, whilst charting a direction for research methodologies that engage and remain respectful to epistemologies and ways of knowing alternative to those of the Western academy.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2011 (individual papers), the author(s) © 2011 (selection and editorial matter) Common Ground.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2011 04:42
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2014 03:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: knowledge; epistemologies of knowledge; philosophy of science; indigenous knowledge; alternative knowledge
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160808 Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220316 Philosophy of Specific Cultures (incl. Comparative Philosophy)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220206 History and Philosophy of Science (incl. Non-historical Philosophy of Science)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified

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