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Education, Modern Development, and Indigenous Knowledge by Seana McGovern

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CHAPTER TWO

Postmodern Analysis and the Re-viewing of Indigenous Knowledge: Power, Culture and Knowledge Relations

 

A Postmodern Framework

A foundational principle of postmodern theories states that there is no universal knowledge beyond that which is developed within political, ideological and economic conditions of particular cultural and social formations (Kincheloe 1993). More specifically, postmodernism has been associated with addressing skeptically the prestige of modern science as a form of knowledge, the notion of objective knowledge, simplistic and universal views of reality and the authority of experts and decision makers, while promoting the protection of local or marginalized cultures from attempts of dominant societies to reform ...

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