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An ethics framework embedded in an Indigenous epistemology: implications for social work research and practice


Walter, M and Baltra-Ulloa, AJ, An ethics framework embedded in an Indigenous epistemology: implications for social work research and practice, Aboriginal Fields of Practice, Macmillan Education, B Bennett (ed), United Kingdom ISBN 9781352012286 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]

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The ethics of human engagement is not an isolated Western concern. Indigenous peoples across the globe have for millennia developed and practiced complex and sophisticated ethics that abide by respect, mutuality, and an honouring of human and non-human interconnection. Quite distinct to conventional Western ethics frameworks, developed out of an obligation to protect and respect human dignity particularly to protect the most vulnerable, Indigenous ethics is embedded in an Indigenous epistemology. This epistemology assumes Indigenous sovereignty, Indigenous leadership, relationships of mutual benefit, of mutual accountability where kinship, nature, and reciprocity are keystones. In this chapter, we focus on three foundational truths of the Indigenous worldview that are also found in the yet to be released AIATSIS Code of Ethics Relational Accountability, Connection to Culture, and Sovereignty. These three truths are explained as three guiding principles of an ethics framework embedded in an Indigenous epistemology. We examine the implications of this framework on social work practice and social work research. Drawing vital conclusions on decolonising approaches to social work practice and social work research that redefine what respectful social work is with Indigenous peoples.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Aboriginal ethics, Aboriginal research methods, Aboriginal ways of knowing, being and doing
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research methods
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in Indigenous studies
UTAS Author:Walter, M (Professor Maggie Walter)
UTAS Author:Baltra-Ulloa, AJ (Dr Joselynn Baltra-Ulloa)
ID Code:143440
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2021-03-17
Last Modified:2021-05-12

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