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Participatory and community-based research, Indigenous geographies, and the spaces of friendship: A critical engagement

January 2012

Participatory and community-based research, Indigenous geographies, and the spaces of friendship: A critical engagement
Participatory and community-based research,
Indigenous geographies, and the spaces of friendship:
A critical engagement

Geographic engagement with Indigenous peoples remains inextricably linked to colonialism. Consequently, studying Indigenous geographies is fraught with ethical and political dilemmas. Participatory and community-based research methods have recently been offered as one solution to address concerns about the politics of gathering, framing, producing, disseminating, and controlling knowledge about Indigenous peoples. In this article, we critically engage with the emergence of participatory and community-based research methods as “best practice” for undertaking research into Indigenous geographies. We articulate four concerns with this form of research.

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