Education, Indigenous Knowledges, and Development in the Global South

Contesting Knowledges for a Sustainable Future

By Anders Breidlid

© 2013 – Routledge

244 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

The book's focus is the hegemonic role of so-called modernist, Western epistemology that spread in the wake of colonialism and the capitalist economic system, and its exclusion and othering of other epistemologies.

Through a series of case studies the book discusses how the domination of Western epistemology has had a major impact on the epistemological foundation of the education systems across the globe. The book queries the sustainability of hegemonic epistemology both in the classrooms in the global South as well as in the face of the imminent ecological challenges of our common earth, and discusses whether indigenous knowledge systems would better serve the pupils in the global South and help promote sustainable development.


'The book is a most valuable source of information on problems facing countries in the Global South. It is very well written. I hope it will be read – and discussed – by students, scholars, and aid workers so that they can better understand the problems facing authorities in countries with disadvantaged groups, when structuring the education

system.'- Lars Leer, Forum for Development Studies, February 2015

'This is an important book and one that will provide and provoke in equal measure.'- David Stephens, Comparative Education, January 2015

'This book is highly recommended for students in international education, for development agencies and anyone who is critical to the imposition of Western knowledge on the rest of the world.'- Birgit Brock-Utne, International Review of Education, September 2013

'Breidlid’s Education, Indigenous Knowledges, and Development provides fascinating insight into a number of education systems in the Global South…The book is passionately written, and is evidently the culmination of a considerable period of field research and scholarly practice.'- Patrick L.J. Bailey, British Journal of Sociology of Education, June 2013

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Hegemonic Role of Western Epistemology 3. Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Sustainability, and Education in the Global South 4. Indigenous Knowledges and Education: the Case of South Africa 5. Education in Sudan and South Sudan: Tension and Struggles Between Epistemologies 6. The Educational Discourse of Cuba - an Epistemological Alternative for Other Countries in the Global South? 7. Cognitive Violence Against Minority Groups: the Case of the Mapuche in Chile 8. Protest and Beyond: A Case for Optimism?

About the Author

Anders Breidlid is Professor of International Education and Development at Oslo University College.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Education

This series aims to present the latest research from right across the field of education. It is not confined to any particular area or school of thought and seeks to provide coverage of a broad range of topics, theories and issues from around the world.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Aims & Objectives
EDUCATION / Comparative