Smith (199) argues that research and ‘what counts as research’ is a contested notion. Drawing from your readings and other material, demonstrate your understanding about the contestability aspect of research outlining any main points. Your essay should include a discussion of the literature including points that both agree and disagree with the position taken by Smith (1999) (3000 words)
I keep six honest serving men
They taught me all I (know) knew
Their names are What and Why and When
and How and Where and Who.
Rudyard Kipling (1902)
This essay will draw on data from a range of literature resources that will demonstrate my understanding of the contestability aspects of ‘Research’
The second part will include a discussion of literature taking into account the points that agree and disagree with the position taken by Smith (1999).
Decolonizing Methodologies reveals explanation and positivism that weaves imperialism, history writing and academic practices that continue to shape current research and socio-political polices on a global level. Within the late modern and the late colonial conditions research continues to inexorably bring with it a new wave of exploitation, discovery, and appropriation based on Western ideals.
Christopher Columbus made the lands and the people of the western hemisphere known to Europeans, setting in motion a chain of events that altered human history on a global scale. The societies of the Americas and others seemed primitive to the Europeans, and they formed an image of them as “barbarians or savages”. The Europeans could not see or wish to see the complexities and cultural importance of the indigenous societies. As a result indigenous cultures as well as indigenous peoples began to disappear as the European invaders advanced. Kirkpatrick (2006)
Smith (1999 p. 20) writes that in imperial literature these are the ‘heroes’ the ‘fathers’ of colonialism,... [continues]
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