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The use of indigenous knowledge in development: problems and challenges

By J. Briggs

Abstract

The use of indigenous knowledge has been seen by many as an alternative way of promoting development in poor rural communities in many parts of the world. By reviewing much of the recent work on indigenous knowledge, the paper suggests that a number of problems and tensions has resulted in indigenous knowledge not being as useful as hoped for or supposed. These include problems emanating from a focus on the (arte)factual; binary tensions between western science and indigenous knowledge systems; the problem of differentiation and power relations; the romanticization of indigenous knowledge; and the all too frequent decontextualization of indigenous knowledge

Topics: GF
Publisher: Hodder Arnold
Year: 2005
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.gla.ac.uk:1094
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