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Handbook of Research on Theoretical Perspectives on Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Developing Countries

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There has been a growth in the use, acceptance, and popularity of indigenous knowledge. High rates of poverty and a widening economic divide is threatening the accessibility to western scientific knowledge in the developing world where many indigenous people live. Consequently, indigenous knowledge has become a potential source for sustainable development in the developing world. The Handbook of Research on Theoretical Perspectives on Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Developing Countries presents interdisciplinary research on knowledge management, sharing, and transfer among indigenous communities. Providing a unique perspective on alternative knowledge systems, this publication is a critical resource for sociologists, anthropologists, researchers, and graduate-level students in a variety of fields.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Book Series
    1. Mission
    2. Coverage
  5. Editorial Advisory Board and List of Reviewers
    1. Editorial Advisory Board
    2. List of Reviewers
  6. Foreword
  7. Preface
  8. Acknowledgment
  9. Chapter 1: Binarism as a Recipe for Lukewarm Research into Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Zimbabwe
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE AND SYSTEMS, INDIGENOUS AND INDIGENEITY
    5. BINARISM AND ZIMBABWE’S PREDICAMENT
    6. IMPORTANCE OF RESEARCH IN IKS
    7. CURRENT RESEARCH INTO IKS
    8. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS ISSUES
    9. THE LANGUAGE OF SCIENCE, RESEARCH, AND TECHNOLOGY
    10. WHERE IS BUSINESS GONE?
    11. NOT ALL IS LOST: PROSPECTS FOR THE FUTURE
    12. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    13. CONCLUSION
    14. REFERENCES
    15. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    16. ENDNOTE
  10. Chapter 2: Researching Indigenous Ways of Knowing-and-Being
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. INDIGENOUS AND WESTERN-ORIENTED STYLES OF KNOWING: SPACE FOR CONNECTION?
    5. IN WHAT RESPECTS ARE IKS AND INDIGENOUS CULTURES EVOLVING AND HOW CAN RESEARCHERS/ACTORS CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR EVOLVING?
    6. WHAT ARE SOME RADICAL IMPLICATIONS OF FOCUSING ON INDIGENEITY IN TERMS OF TRENDS OF GLOBALIZATION?
    7. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    8. CONCLUSION
    9. REFERENCES
    10. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    11. ENDNOTES
  11. Chapter 3: Fourth World Theory and Methods of Inquiry
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. OVERVIEW
    3. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    4. CONCLUSION
    5. REFERENCES
    6. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    7. ENDNOTES
  12. Chapter 4: Learning and Asserting an African Indigenous Health Research Framework
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
    3. STATEMENT OF THE RESEARCH PROBLEM
    4. AIM AND OBJECTIVE OF THE RESEARCH
    5. METHODOLOGY
    6. DISCUSSION
    7. LEARNING THE AFRICAN INDIGENOUS HEALTH RESEARCH FRAMEWORK
    8. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    9. CONCLUSION
    10. LIMITATIONS OF THE STUDY
    11. ACKNOWLEDGMENT
    12. REFERENCES
    13. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  13. Chapter 5: Language, Participation, and Indigenous Knowledge Systems Research in Mqatsheni, South Africa
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. CONTEXT OF THE STUDY
    5. RESEARCH DESIGN
    6. RESEARCH FRAMEWORK
    7. RESULTS
    8. THE IMPORTANCE OF HOME LANGUAGE
    9. RECOMMENDATIONS AND FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    10. CONCLUSION
    11. REFERENCES
    12. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    13. ENDNOTES
    14. APPENDIX 1: SOME POEMS IN ISIZULU
    15. APPENDIX 2: UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORLD AMONG MQATSHENI PARTICIPANTS
  14. Chapter 6: Application and Contribution of Hermeneutic and Eidetic Phenomenology to Indigenous Knowledge Research
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. CONCEPTUALISATION OF RESEARCH DESIGNS
    4. CONCEPTUALISATION AND CONTEXTUALISING PHENOMENOLOGY
    5. TYPES OF PHENOMENOLOGY
    6. RESEARCH METHODS IN PHENOMENOLOGY
    7. PRESENTING THE FINDINGS
    8. ESTABLISHING QUALITY IN A PHENEMENOLOGICAL STUDY
    9. DOING INDIGENOUS RESEARCH: POSSIBILITIES AND LIMITATIONS
    10. APPLICATION OF PHENOMENOLOGY TO INDIGENOUS CONTEXTS
    11. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    12. CONCLUSION
    13. REFERENCES
    14. ADDITIONAL READING
    15. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    16. ENDNOTES
  15. Chapter 7: Research Protocols and Ethical Considerations in Indigenous Knowledge Systems
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. THE IKS POLICY AND ITS IMPACT ON IKS RESEARCH IN SOUTH AFRICA
    4. ETHICAL AND PROTOCOL CHALLENGES IN INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE RESEARCH
    5. THE PROTECTION, PROMOTION, DEVELOPMENT, AND MANAGEMENT OF INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE SYSTEMS
    6. ETHICAL ISSUES IN THE USE OF LANGUAGE IN IKS RESEARCH
    7. FUTURE DIRECTIONS
    8. CONCLUSION
    9. REFERENCES
    10. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  16. Chapter 8: Indigenous Knowledge Intelligence and African Development
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. TERMINOLOGY AND DEFINITION
    5. ANCIENT INDIGENOUS CIVILIZATION
    6. IKI AND DEVELOPMENT SINCE ANTIQUITY
    7. CASE STUDY: THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND THE TALMUD
    8. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    9. CONCLUSION
    10. REFERENCES
    11. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    12. ENDNOTES
  17. Chapter 9: Conceptualizing the Knowledge of Traditional and Indigenous Communities Using Informetrics Approaches
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT
    3. DEFINITIONS OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF TRADITIONAL AND INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES
    4. LABELING OR NAMING OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF TRADITIONAL AND INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES
    5. CLASSIFICATION OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF TRADITIONAL AND INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES BY LIBRARIANS
    6. INFORMETRICS TECHNIQUES AND THE FOCUS OF THE STUDY
    7. RESEARCH STATEMENT
    8. METHODS AND MATERIALS
    9. RESULTS AND DISCUSSIONS
    10. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    11. CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS
    12. REFERENCES
    13. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    14. ENDNOTES
  18. Chapter 10: Use of Information and Communication Technologies Tools to Capture, Store, and Disseminate Indigenous Knowledge
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. NATURE AND CHARACTERISTICS OF IK
    4. THE ROLE OF ICT TOOLS IN MANAGING IK
    5. TYPES OF ICT TOOLS USED FOR RECORDING OR CAPTURING IK
    6. ICT TOOLS USED FOR STORING INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE
    7. BROADCASTING AS AN IMPORTANT MEANS OF COMMUNICATING AND PRESERVING IK
    8. CHALLENGES ENCOUNTERED IN THE USE AND AVAILABILITY OF ICTs IN MANAGING IK
    9. STRATEGIES USED TO IMPROVE THE USE AND AVAILABILITY OF ICT TOOLS IN MANAGING IK
    10. IMPLICATIONS AND APPLICATION OF ICTs IN MANAGING INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE
    11. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    12. CONCLUSION
    13. REFERENCES
  19. Chapter 11: Visibility and Accessibility of Indigenous Knowledge on Open Access Institutional Repositories at Universities in Africa
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
    4. CONTEXTUAL BACKGROUND
    5. THE NATURE OF INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE
    6. HARNESSING INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE
    7. INSTITUTIONAL REPOSITORIES (IRS)
    8. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
    9. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    10. CONCLUSION
    11. REFERENCES
    12. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  20. Chapter 12: Indigenous Knowledges and Knowledge Codification in the Knowledge Economy
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. UNDERSTANDING THE CONCEPT OF KNOWLEDGE
    4. INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE AS COLLECTIVE KNOWLEDGE
    5. INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE AS TACIT KNOWLEDGE (TK)
    6. INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE AND THE KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY
    7. CONCEPTUALIZING KNOWLEDGE CODIFICATION
    8. INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE AND KNOWLEDGE CODIFICATION
    9. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE
    10. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    11. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CODIFYING IKS
    12. CONCLUSION
    13. REFERENCES
    14. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  21. Chapter 13: Preservation of Indigenous Knowledge through Indigenous Languages in Zimbabwe
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. THE LANGUAGE SITUATION IN ZIMBABWE
    4. STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
    5. LANGUAGE AND HUMAN COMMUNICATION
    6. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
    7. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    8. CONCLUSION
    9. REFERENCES
    10. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  22. Chapter 14: Critical Reflections on Selected Local Narratives of Contextual South African Indigenous Knowledge
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. BACKGROUND AND INTRODUCTION
    3. CASE STUDIES
    4. A DISCUSSION ON THE PRESENTED CASES
    5. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    6. CONCLUSION
    7. REFERENCES
    8. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    9. ENDNOTES
  23. Chapter 15: Multiple Voices, Multiple Paths
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. CONCEPTIONS IN MODERN WESTERN SCIENCE
    5. INDIGENOUS CHINESE CONCEPTIONS
    6. INDIGENOUS AFRICAN CONCEPTIONS
    7. TOWARDS DIALOGUE BETWEEN SYSTEMS OF KNOWING
    8. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    9. CONCLUSION
    10. REFERENCES
    11. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  24. Chapter 16: Hybrid Method for Exploring Efficacy of Indigenous Management of Common Cold through African Therapy
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. PROBLEM STATEMENT
    5. METHODOLOGY (IN VITRO)
    6. MAIN AIM OF THE IN VITRO INVESTIGATION
    7. COLLECTION AND PREPARATION OF THE MEDICINAL PLANTS FOR THE CLINICAL EXPERIMENTS
    8. THE FINDINGS OF THE INVESTIGATION
    9. INTERPRETATION OF THE FINDINGS
    10. REALISATION OF THE FINDINGS
    11. SUMMARISING THE IN VITRO TEST
    12. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    13. CONCLUSION
    14. REFERENCES
    15. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  25. Chapter 17: Pluralistic Tendencies in Healing Abantu Illness in the Contemporary South Africa
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. RATIONALE FOR PLURALISTIC TENDENCIES IN HEALING UKUHANJWA
    5. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
    6. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    7. CONCLUSION
    8. REFERENCES
    9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  26. Chapter 18: Psychotherapy in Indigenous Context Psychotherapy in Indigenous Context
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. UNDERSTANDING THE GHANAIAN CULTURAL CONTEXT
    5. PSYCHOTHERAPY PRACTICE WITHIN THE GHANAIAN CULTURAL CONTEXT: CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS
    6. IMPLICATIONS FOR PROVISION OF CULTURALLY COMPETENT CARE
    7. DIRECTIONS FOR FUTURE RESEARCH
    8. CONCLUSION
    9. REFERENCES
    10. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  27. Chapter 19: Indigenous Communication
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. METHODOLOGY
    5. ENSTOOLING A CHIEF IN THE AKYEM ETHNIC TRIBE
    6. COMING OF AGE FOR TEENAGE GIRLS IN THE ASHANTI ETHNIC TRIBE (BIRAGORↄ)
    7. PROCEDURES FOR MARRIAGE IN THE ASHANTI ETHNIC TRIBE (AWAREGYEE)
    8. FINAL FUNERAL RITES IN THE ASHANTI ETHNIC TRIBE (AYIEYↄ)
    9. DIRECTIONS FOR FURTHER RESEARCH
    10. CONCLUSION
    11. REFERENCES
    12. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  28. Chapter 20: Factors Militating Against the Development of Tiv Indigenous Knowledge
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. CONTEXTUAL BACKGROUND
    4. CONCEPTUAL BACKGROUND
    5. TIV INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE (TIK)
    6. DEVELOPMENT OF TIV INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE
    7. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    8. CONCLUSION
    9. REFERENCES
    10. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    11. APPENDIX
  29. Compilation of References
  30. About the Contributors