Decolonizing Interpretive Research A Subaltern Methodology for Social Change
To what extent do Western political and economic interests distort perceptions and affect the Western production of research about the other? The concept of 'colonializing epistemologies' describes how knowledges outside the Western purview are often not only rendered invisible but either absorbed or destroyed.
Decolonizing Interpretive Research outlines a form of oppositional study that undertakes a critical analysis of bodies of knowledge in any field that engages with issues related to the lives and survival of those deemed as other. It focuses on creating intellectual spaces that will facilitate new readings of the world and lead toward change, both in theory and practice. The book begins by conceptualizing the various aspects of the decolonizing interpretive research approach for the reader, and the following six chapters each focus on one of these issues, grounded in a specific decolonizing interpretive study.
With a foreword by Linda Tuhiwai Smith, this book will allow readers to not only engage with the conceptual framework of this decolonizing methodology but will also give them access to examples of how the methodology has informed decolonizing interpretive studies in practice.
Amongst the long-needed intersection between education and decolonization, this book offers that rare mix of theory intertwined with action. Darder makes clear that to decolonize can happen in myriad ways, but not without intention, connection, and a stance of learning.
Professor Leigh Patel, Associate Dean for Equity and Justice, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh
Decolonizing Interpretive Research audaciously brings to the fore subaltern voices that not only interrogate so-called objective lenses used to research "the other," but also offers emancipatory, humanistic, and organic ways in which the oppressed can document and tell their stories. This is a cutting-edge book that challenges western research orthodoxies while transcending disciplinary boundaries.
Professor Pierre W. Orelus, Associate Professor and Department Chair, School of Education, Fairfield University
Decolonizing Interpretive Research: A Subaltern Methodology for Social Change brings the literature of critical, anti-colonial, postcolonial studies to bear on the process and methods of research in a manner that enacts scholarly production as social action. Antonia Darder - as teacher - foregrounds the work of her students, dismantling the hierarchies of voice and power. Together they engage research as a communal process, working as "revolutionary partners" pushing through and against established limits of how research is defined. The dissident voices of the students peel back layers of the colonial matrix with each chapter; their words flowing as affirmations of social change in the making.
Professor Sandy Grande, Chair of the Education Department, Connecticut College