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The Significance of Multicultural Methodologies on African Indigenous Knowledge Research

The Significance of Multicultural Methodologies on African  Indigenous Knowledge Research
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Author(s): Stewart Lee Kugara (University of Venda, South Africa), Tsetselelani Decide Mdhluli (University of Limpopo, South Africa), Thizwilondi Joanbeth Daswa (University of Venda, South Africa), Pfarelo Eva Matshidze (University of Venda, South Africa) and Ndidzulafhi Esther Ramavhunga (University of Venda, South Africa)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 27
Source title: Ethical Research Approaches to Indigenous Knowledge Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Ntokozo Mthembu (University of South Africa, South Africa)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1249-4.ch004

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Abstract

Throughout history, African indigenous knowledge has been researched using Western-centred methodologies. From the onset, there was a great deal of resistance from indigenous peoples as most of these researchers used ethical considerations that are foreign to local communities. The African indigenous holders emphasise some cultural concepts that are sacrosanct and indispensable to them. This chapter, therefore, seeks to ferrate the significance of Western-centred methodologies vis-à-vis African-centred (Africa-centred, Afrocentric, Africentric, Afrocentricity, and African-worldview) methodologies in the collection of data among African indigenous communities. The concept of sharing (hybrid methodology) provides a platform of reflection especially on protocol and research tools.

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