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

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

Patrick Ngulube (University of South Africa, South Africa)
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Release Date: September, 2016|Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 516
ISBN13: 9781522508335|ISBN10: 1522508333|EISBN13: 9781522508342|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0833-5


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.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Indigenous Languages
  • Indigenous Populations
  • Knowledge Societies
  • Local Narratives
  • Socio-Economic Development
  • Tribal Medicine

Reviews and Testimonials

Contributors from a wide range of humanities and natural and social sciences explore theoretical aspects of indigenous knowledge systems. Their topics include learning and asserting an African indigenous health research framework, research protocols and ethical considerations in indigenous knowledge systems, indigenous knowledge and knowledge codification in the knowledge economy, the preservation of indigenous knowledge through indigenous languages in Zimbabwe, and psychotherapy in indigenous context: a Ghanaian contribution towards the provision of culturally competent care.

– Protoview Reviews

Uniquely crafted with its focus on Indigenous issues, the book provides a shift from conventional research paradigms by focusing on Indigenous research approaches in reconnoitering Indigenous communities/issues. [...] In brief, as health care and academic institutions become more integrated with the global knowledge consumerist economy, the emphasis of this book on embracement of alternative ways of knowing (including in health care systems) reiterates the significance of institutional collegiality required for building a diverse and inclusive global society. Highly recommended.

– Francis Adyanga Akena, PhD., University of Toronto, Canada

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Patrick Ngulube (PhD) is a professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Research and Postgraduate Studies at the University of South Africa (UNISA). He is also an Honorary Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Visiting Professor at the National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe. His research interests include research design and methodology, indigenous knowledge systems, knowledge management, records management, application of information and communication technologies, e-government, and the preservation of access to information. He has published a number of articles in scientific journals on various subjects including field methods and indigenous knowledge systems. He is National Research Foundation of South Africa rated researcher.