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Self-refuting, confused, and meaningless
on November 14, 2010
I am not quite sure what the purpose of this book is. The author explicitly states that he believes that he no longer needs to justify "indigenous research methods" to the "dominant system". Instead, the book seems devoted to outlining an ideology without explaining why anyone else should believe it. There is no explanation of the advantages that indigenous research methods might bring.
The entire methodolgy, says Shawn Wilson, is based on the idea that "there is no one definite reality but rather different sets of relationships that make up Indigenous ontology" (73). Despite the fact that he realises that this is a controversial statement, he does not justify, defend, or attempt to prove this statement in any way. Indeed, the very fact that he is making a singular pronnouncement about reality (that there are, in reality, multiple realities) betrays his argument.
Even the book's title is misleading. There is not a single research method espoused in the entire book. What are social research methods? Surveys, interviews, focus groups, etc. Shawn Wilson does not introduce any 'new' research methods that could be used as alternatives to these methods offered by what he calls the "dominant system". All he offers is unsubstantiated ad-hoc theorizing.