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Download Indigenous Statistics: A Quantitative Research Methodology by Maggie Walter PDF

By Maggie Walter

In the 1st booklet ever released on Indigenous quantitative methodologies, Maggie Walter and Chris Andersen open up a big new method of examine around the disciplines and utilized fields. whereas qualitative equipment were carefully critiqued and reformulated, the inhabitants information trusted by way of nearly all examine on Indigenous peoples remain taken without any consideration as trouble-free, obvious numbers. This publication dismantles that chronic positivism with a forceful critique, then fills the void with a brand new paradigm for Indigenous quantitative equipment, utilizing concrete examples of study initiatives from First international Indigenous peoples within the usa, Australia, and Canada. Concise and obtainable, it's an incredible supplementary textual content in addition to a center section of the methodological toolkit for an individual engaging in Indigenous examine or utilizing Indigenous inhabitants statistics.

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Our thinking started with the ambiguities of our own field, social science. As teachers we emphasize to students the scientific, methodical aspects of research practice, the need for clarity of purpose, transparency of approach, and rigor of method and objectivity in analysis and interpretation. However, we also stress that the practice of social research is not a neutral endeavor. No research is “objective” if by objective one means standing outside of social power. For if research is truly impartial, how can we explain why we prioritize some social 44 Chapter 2 research projects over others or why some questions are asked, but not others?

Indeed, when asked why Statistics Canada made the switch from ethnicity to self-identification permanent, one Statistics Canada research participant concurred that this was most probably the case (see Andersen in press). While the identity population has come to represent the base of virtually all analyzed and publicly disseminated data on Aboriginal people in Canada, important questions remain about what the switch actually means epistemologically and what it might indicate in terms of our understandings of identity.

Participatory Action Research, for example, centers the ownership and control of the research enquiry, process, and practice with the community that is the subject of the research problem; the researcher is considered the facilitator (Walter 2010b). Critical Discourse Analysis places the importance of accounting for power and its deployment at the heart of its research practice and disavows the possibility of objectivity within any research method (Jacobs 2010). A few methodological tracts do define aspects of their epistemological framing, but they are exceptions that prove the rule and highlight the absence of this practice within these debates more generally.

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