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

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Lovett, R and Prehn, J and Williamson, B and Maher, B and Lee, V and Bodkin-Andrews, G and Walter, M, Knowledge and power: the tale of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander data, Australian Aboriginal Studies, 2 pp. 3-7. ISSN 0729-4352 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

The phrase ‘knowledge is power’ is understood to mean that if individuals and groups in a society attain knowledge through transmission of knowledge (education), they attain wisdom. This wisdom is then used to assert power (Bacon and Montagu 1857). However, as Foucault (1990) argues, knowledge power recreates itself in a circular process. Therefore, who determines what knowledge is — and who has the right to speak to that knowledge — is important.

In this commentary we critique the power and knowledge structures of the economic, political, social and cultural resources that are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander data. We then challenge the current holders of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander data and the colonial worldview from which such data are converted into knowledges.

To map a new path, we offer solutions that are embedded in the concept of Indigenous Data Sovereignty (IDSov) and Indigenous Data Governance (IDGov).

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Indigenous Data Sovereignty, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, knowledge, Indigenous Data Governance, power
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, society and community
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community governance and decision making
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture
Objective Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge
UTAS Author:Prehn, J (Mr Jacob Prehn)
UTAS Author:Walter, M (Professor Maggie Walter)
ID Code:143451
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Social Work
Deposited On:2021-03-18
Last Modified:2021-03-25
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