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Indigenous Statistics


Kukutai, T and Walter, M, Indigenous Statistics, Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences, Springer Singapore, P Liamputtong (ed), Singapore, pp. 1-16. ISBN 978-981-10-2779-6 (In Press) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-981-10-2779-6_40-1


Statistics about Indigenous peoples are a common feature of Anglo-colonizing nation states such as Canada, Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, and the United States (CANZUS). The impetus for the production of most Indigenous statistics is the shared position of Indigenous disadvantage in health and socioeconomic status. In this chapter, we contrast statistics about Indigenous peoples with statistics for Indigenous people and statistics by Indigenous people. There are very significant differences between these categories of Indigenous statistics. At the heart of these differences is the methodology that informs the research processes and practices. Statistics about Indigenous peoples often reflect the dominant social norms, values, and racial hierarchy of the society in which they are created. In the CANZUS states, these statistics are deficit focused and, at times, victim blaming. Also missing from these statistical portrayals is the culture, interests, perspectives, and alternative narratives of the Indigenous peoples that they purport to represent. We contrast these statistics with those from statistical research using processes and practices that are shaped by Indigenous methodologies. Indigenous methodologies are distinguished by their prioritization of Indigenous methods, protocols, values, and epistemologies. We conclude with two examples of what Indigenous quantitative methodologies look like in practice from Aotearoa NZ and Australia.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Indigenous, Statistics, New Zealand, Australia, Colonization, Methodology
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, society and community
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sociology
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community services
Objective Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Walter, M (Professor Maggie Walter)
ID Code:121827
Year Published:In Press
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-10-17
Last Modified:2018-07-17
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