Publisher description for Indigenous knowledge inquiries : a methodologies manual for development / Paul Sillitoe, Peter Dixon, and Julian Barr.


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This manual is for development programme managers and project leaders who wish to incorporate an indigenous knowledge element into their work. It offers a continuous spectrum of approaches and tools, from those useful to persons seeking a quick and limited IK component, to those interested in a more long-term and thorough IK investigation. The guidelines acknowledge that the design and management of IK-informed projects involve making decisions about many closely interrelated issues. They take cost, time and scope of objectives as the principal design issues. The methodology also deals with issues of team functioning that critically inform project success. The guidelines make reference to project cycle management in the context of natural resources indigenous knowledge research, and present options for reducing conflicts and more effectively including the views of primary stakeholders. The book draws on key texts that relate to research and participation in development, and interdisciplinary work. It also draws heavily on the authors' experience of projects. Novel topics are covered, such as computer aided analysis of qualitative data and the use of cross-cultural research staff. The methodology is grounded in anthropological and development research, and attempts to be critically aware of contemporary reflective practice. Whatever your interest in indigenous knowledge you will find this book a fascinating and insightful handbook.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Economic development projects.
Ethnoscience.