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For historical and structural reasons, research in South Africa has largely been a ‘powerful ’ affair, and remains so to this day. The ‘powerful ’ monopoly of research skills could be attributed to the fact that conditions at ‘powerful ’ institutions were favourable and still are. When one looks at the IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) and IKS (Indigenous Knowledge Systems) Research – the question of power remains, and probably will always. The current IKS Research in South Africa vividly displays a lack of space. The indigenous epistemology world has been invaded and occupied apparently without any ethical consideration. Is there any regard for ethical implications in this boundary ‘jumping’? Is there any ‘conversation ’ that takes place in occupying this space? Is there any ‘conversation ’ at all; which jargon is used in the ‘conversational ’ discourse? This paper looks critically at the concept and practice of power at the expense of the powerless in the context of IKS Research in Sout

Year: 2011
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