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ERIC Number: EJ841970
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0095-182X
Colonization within the University System
Gareau, Marcelle Marie
American Indian Quarterly, v27 n1-2 p196-199 Win-Spr 2003
In this essay, the author provides a word of caution to those in the social sciences where, in the name of "objective science," it becomes easy to render humans into objects. Anthropology, one of the social sciences, has often been referred to as a tool of colonization. The discipline's approach of seeing small communities as laboratories for "scientific" cultural observation has in many instances put Native people in the position of becoming objects of research. Over the years the methods and approaches have changed, but often the mandate is the same: to obtain information from Native people in any manner possible in order to enhance one's career. The author contends that members of the aboriginal community must be aware and informed as to why research is undertaken, how it is performed, and what potential impacts the research will have upon their lives and the communities to which they belong. They also need to exercise their right to say "no" to research, to decide what research they wish to have done in their communities and who will be allowed to proceed with it. The same applies to university students in anthropology, First Nation studies, and other disciplines that involve the social sciences. In an effort to resist becoming objects that are used by the dominant social structure, the author suggests to exercise caution concerning where to choose to go in this life.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada