Asian Indigenization of Knowledge

Indigenous knowledge refers to the knowledge unique to a given culture or society and characterized by the commonsense ideas, thoughts, and values of people formed as a result of the sustained interactions of society, nature, and culture. It is accumulated by a group of people who develop an in-depth understanding of their particular place in their world through centuries of unbroken residence. Indigenization means to integrate one's reflections on the local culture and/or society into one's approaches to understanding and observing social realities. Rejecting colonial imposition, it proposes new concepts and theories based on indigenous intellectual traditions, history, and culture to form alternative perspectives by which a researcher as an observer and a participant with firsthand cultural and historical experience is able to express an ...

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