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Indigenous data, indigenous methodologies and indigenous data sovereignty


Walter, M and Suina, M, Indigenous data, indigenous methodologies and indigenous data sovereignty, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 22, (3) pp. 233-243. ISSN 1364-5579 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13645579.2018.1531228


The field of Indigenous methodologies has grown strongly since Tuhiwai Smithís 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 Andersenís 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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Indigenous, Indigenous data, Indigenous quantitative methodology, Indigenous data sovereignty
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Walter, M (Professor Maggie Walter)
ID Code:130754
Year Published:2019 (online first 2018)
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Provost
Deposited On:2019-02-11
Last Modified:2021-09-07

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