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ERIC Number: EJ841554
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0161-6463
Kitchen Table Discourse: Negotiating the "Tricky Ground" of Indigenous Research
Johnson, Jay T.
American Indian Culture and Research Journal, v32 n3 p127-137 2008
In this article, the author seeks a middle path through which to traverse the "tricky ground" of Indigenous research; a middle path that will hopefully find "in-between spaces" open to new epistemological pathways, through which new voices and ideas can be heard within the social sciences and, in particular, within geography. This middle path would afford space through which to include his own perspective and acknowledge that he looks at the world through a pair of tinted spectacles, but it will more importantly include and acknowledge past and present research companions and friends. He hopes he can help create this middle path by incorporating a myriad of voices and narrative forms to show how Indigenous geography can move closer to that which it studies. This article begins with the author's own story as a mixed-race Native American, a geographer, and an academic. The story is one about his research work in Aotearoa (New Zealand), what motivated this research, how he has attempted to construct an indigenist methodological framework for this research, and how his own Indigenous identity has influenced his research relationships. Because the research the author discusses in this article took place in Aotearoa, he starts by giving a "mihimihi" or genealogical introduction. He concludes by reflecting on his successes and failures in negotiating the tricky ground of Indigenous research. (Contains 41 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand