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Understanding Traditional Healing Practices in the Limpopo Province of South Africa: A Phenomenological Approach

Understanding Traditional Healing Practices in the Limpopo Province of South Africa: A Phenomenological Approach
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Author(s): Jan Resenga Maluleka (University of South Africa, South Africa)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 12
Source title: Handbook of Research on Connecting Research Methods for Information Science Research
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Patrick Ngulube (University of South Africa, South Africa)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1471-9.ch012

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Abstract

Phenomenology affords indigenous knowledge researchers the perfect opportunity to understand the lived experiences of indigenous communities from the participants' perspectives. Various studies have shown that indigenous knowledge is currently facing extinction. As a result, information professionals should play a leading role in recording and preserving it. Phenomenology helps indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) scholars to obtain knowledge from marginalised groups and record it without any influences as a result of prior knowledge or personal worldviews. This study demonstrates how phenomenology was applied to understand traditional healing practices in the Limpopo Province of South Africa and, furthermore, illustrates how phenomenology can be employed by information professionals as a qualitative method to conduct indigenous knowledge (IK) research.

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