Acknowledgements in Aboriginal social work research: How to counteract neo-colonial academic complacency

Bindi Bennett

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Much current research continues to present Aboriginal voices, knowledges and cultures in an historical white colonial context associated with power, privilege and entitlement. This approach, conscious or unconscious, perpetuates racism, dispossession and epistemicide. Colonial conventions in research, such as designating a lead author and giving individuals the choice as to who, when, where and if they acknowledge their sources, creates subtle yet offensive ways to abuse, de-voice and re-colonise Aboriginal peoples. Tokenistic collaboration, consultation and allyship practices put Aboriginal intellectual sovereignty at risk. It is long overdue for Aboriginal people to become active and fully recognised agents in research and for Aboriginal cultural ideas, values and principles to be placed as the forefront; only then can we decolonise social work and create culturally responsive research. Social workers and academics must form allegiance with Aboriginal people and recognise their need to maintain independence and to determine their own approaches and practices in research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDisrupting Whiteness in Social Work
EditorsSonia M. Tascón, Jim Ife
Place of PublicationLondon
ISBN (Electronic)9780429284182
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2019
Externally publishedYes


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