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Knowledge and power: the tale of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander data

Lovett, R, Prehn, J ORCID: 0000-0002-0237-1513, Williamson, B, Maher, B, Lee, V, Bodkin-Andrews, G and Walter, M ORCID: 0000-0002-8028-5274 2020 , 'Knowledge and power: the tale of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander data' , Australian Aboriginal Studies, vol. 2 , pp. 3-7 .

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Abstract

The phrase ‘knowledge is power’ is understoodto mean that if individuals and groups ina society attain knowledge through transmissionof knowledge (education), they attain wisdom.This wisdom is then used to assert power (Baconand Montagu 1857). However, as Foucault (1990)argues, knowledge power recreates itself in acircular process. Therefore, who determines whatknowledge is — and who has the right to speak tothat knowledge — is important.In this commentary we critique the power andknowledge structures of the economic, political,social and cultural resources that are Aboriginaland Torres Strait Islander data. We then challengethe current holders of Aboriginal and Torres StraitIslander data and the colonial worldview fromwhich such data are converted into knowledges.To map a new path, we offer solutions thatare embedded in the concept of IndigenousData Sovereignty (IDSov) and Indigenous DataGovernance (IDGov).

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Lovett, R and Prehn, J and Williamson, B and Maher, B and Lee, V and Bodkin-Andrews, G and Walter, M
Keywords: Indigenous Data Sovereignty, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, knowledge, Indigenous Data Governance, power
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Aboriginal Studies
Publisher: Aboriginal Studies Press
ISSN: 0729-4352
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