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Indigenous Knowledges and the Sustainable Development Agenda

1st Edition

Edited by Anders Breidlid, Roy Krøvel


256 pages

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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 the Korchi
  6. Neema Pathak Broome, Shrishtee Bajpai and Mukesh Shende

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

  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 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: A decolonial perspective on south Saami history, indigeneity and rights

Eva Fjellheim

About the Editors

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

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

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Indigenous Peoples and Policy

There are an estimated 370 million Indigenous Peoples in over 70 countries worldwide, often facing common issues stemming from colonialism and its ongoing effects. Routledge Studies in Indigenous Peoples and Policy brings together books which explore these concerns, including poverty; health inequalities; loss of land, language and culture; environmental degradation and climate change; intergenerational trauma; and the struggle to have their rights, cultures, and communities protected.

Indigenous Peoples across the world are asserting their right to fully participate in policy making that affects their people, their communities, and the natural world, and to have control over their own communities and lands. This book series explores policy issues, reports on policy research, and champions the best examples of methodological approaches. It will explore policy issues from the perspectives of Indigenous Peoples in order to develop evidence-based policy, and create policy-making processes that represent Indigenous Peoples and support positive social change.

Edited by Jerry White and Susan Wingert (The University of Western Ontario), this series considers proposals from across indigenous policy subjects. To find out more about how to submit a book proposal, please contact the series editors or Development Studies Editor, Helena Hurd ([email protected]).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries