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Indigenous Knowledges and the Sustainable Development Agenda

ISBN 9780367425968
Published May 5, 2020 by Routledge
250 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book discusses the vital importance of including indigenous knowledges in the sustainable development agenda. In the wake of colonialism and imperialism, dialogue between indigenous knowledges and Western epistemology has broken down time and again. However, in recent decades the broader indigenous struggle for rights and recognition has led to a better understanding of indigenous knowledges, and in 2015 the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined the importance of indigenous engagement in contributing to the implementation of the agenda.

Drawing on experiences and field work from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe, Indigenous Knowledges and the Sustainable Development Agenda brings together authors who explore social, educational, institutional and ecological sustainability in relation to indigenous knowledges. In doing so, this book provides a comprehensive understanding of the concept of "sustainability", at both national and international levels, from a range of diverse perspectives.

As the decolonizing debate gathers pace within mainstream academic discourse, this book offers an important contribution to scholars across development studies, environmental studies, education, and political ecology.

Table of Contents

Anders Breidlid and Roy Krøvel

  1. Beyond the Western paradigm: Indigenization of education systems, the sustainable development goals and state building in Sub-Saharan Africa
  2. Anders Breidlid

  3. Indigenous knowledges, education and media in Australia
  4. Lisa Waller

  5. Forest rights act, local collectivization and transformation in Korchi
  6. Neema Pathak Broome, Shrishtee Bajpai and Mukesh Shende

  7. Food System transition in India: A Political Ecology analysis
  8. Vandana

  9. The political ecology of the Tabasará river basin
  10. Ginés A Sánchez Arias

  11. Indigenous ecological knowledge in the Colombian Amazon – challenges and prospects for a more sustainable use of local forest fauna
  12. Torsten Krause, Maria Paula Quiceno Mesa and Uldarico Matapí Yucuna

  13. A dialogue of knowledges What can we bring home from the plurivers?
  14. Roy Krøvel

  15. Indigenous good sense on climate change
  16. Andreas Ytterstad

  17. Indigenous knowledges and academic understandings of pastoral mobility
  18. Hanne Kirstine Adriansen

  19. Struggling with ‘Clear Zoning’: Dilemmas of Carnivore-Pastoral Coexistence in Nordland, northern Norway
  20. Camilla Risvoll and Randi Kaarhus

  21. Through our stories we continue to resist: decolonial perspective on south Saami history, indigeneity and rights

          Eva Maria Fjellheim


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Anders Breidlid is Professor of International Education and Development, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway.

Roy Krøvel is Professor of Journalism, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway.


"Editors Breidlid and Krøvel (both, Oslo Metropolitan Univ.) bring together diverse authors from within and outside academia in this collection. Taking the UN Sustainable Development Goals as its entry point, the book argues that, for the goals to be successful, Western ideas of sustainability and development need to be expanded to more fully include insights and perspectives from indigenous peoples and knowledge systems. Drawing on studies and experiences of indigenous people and sustainability from Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Latin America, the individual chapters offer examples of collaborative research with indigenous knowledge holders, indigenous resistance to forces of ongoing colonization and displacement, and indigenous approaches to governance and ecological systems. As the editors convey, Western scholars are the book's principal intended audience, with the hope that it can encourage more authentic engagement with indigenous peoples and knowledges. With this framing, this volume will be of most interest to those focusing on indigenous knowledge, decolonization, political ecology, and development studies." --J. L. Rhoades, Antioch University New England