(Un)subjugating indigenous knowledge for sustainable development: considerations for community-based research in African higher education

Johnson, A.T. and Mbah, M.F. ORCID: 0000-0002-4199-0819, 2021. (Un)subjugating indigenous knowledge for sustainable development: considerations for community-based research in African higher education. Journal of Comparative and International Higher Education. ISSN 2151-0393

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Abstract

The most recent incarnation of development goals, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), call for a more intentional integration of higher education in development. Research can provide an avenue by which this done, developing relevant solutions to social problems. But who benefits from research, and whose knowledge counts in this process? Formal engagement with Indigenous knowledge, honoring the voices, artifacts, histories, traditions, and knowledges of those Indigenous communities that buttress the university can potentially contribute to both the social and environmental justice at the heart of sustainable development. Our research was focused on how African academics at two public universities and community members in The Gambia and Zambia constructed the role of Indigenous knowledge within their community-based research activities. We highlight the specific epistemic strategies academic researchers used to engage Indigenous communities and knowledge, the dilemmas faced in the field, and the connections made through research relationships to sustainable development.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Comparative and International Higher Education
Creators: Johnson, A.T. and Mbah, M.F.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh, Institute for International Studies in Education
Date: 1 July 2021
ISSN: 2151-0393
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.32674/jcihe.v13iSummer.3707DOI
1447135Other
Rights: © 2021 Journal of Comparative & International Higher Education. All rights reserved.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Institute of Education
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 23 Jun 2021 09:49
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2021 09:49
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URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/43162

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