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Indigenous data, indigenous methodologies and indigenous data sovereignty

Walter, M ORCID: 0000-0002-8028-5274 and Suina, M 2018 , 'Indigenous data, indigenous methodologies and indigenous data sovereignty' , International Journal of Social Research Methodology , pp. 1-11 , doi:

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The field of Indigenous methodologies has grown strongly since Tuhiwai Smith’s 1999 groundbreaking book Decolonizing Indigenous Methodologies. For the most part however, there has been a marked absence of quantitative methodologies with the methods aligned with Indigenous methodologies predominantly qualitative. This article proposes that the absence of an Indigenous presence from Indigenous data production has resulted in an overwhelming statistical narrative of deficit for dispossessed Indigenous peoples around the globe. Using the theoretical concept of Indigenous Lifeworlds this article builds on the core premises of Walter and Andersen’s 2013 book Indigenous quantitative methodologies. Arguing for a fundamental disturbance of the Western logics of statistical data the article details recent developments in the field including the emergence of the Indigenous Data Sovereignty movement. The article also explores Indigenous quantitative methodologies in practice using the case study of a Tribal Epidemiology Centre in New Mexico.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Walter, M and Suina, M
Keywords: Indigenous, Indigenous data, Indigenous quantitative methodology, Indigenous data sovereignty
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Social Research Methodology
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1364-5579
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