Towards a Pacific-Indigenous research paradigm for Pacific social work

Tracie Mafile'o, Peter Mataira, Kate Saxton

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This chapter provides a Pacific-Indigenous research paradigm to benefit Pacific health and social service users and communities. It discusses the context of Pacific research and considers decolonisation, diversity and the need for Pacific-led developmental research. The chapter deals with a story about social work practice research in Fiji and how decolonisation and positionality was navigated. Pacific social work research claims Pacific-Indigenous space in both research and social work traditions, whilst acknowledging that legitimacy stems from Pacific-Indigenous knowledge systems and cosmologies outside of “enlightenment” and the industrial revolution. Pacific-Indigenous research approaches add to a global movement of Indigenous scholarships advocating for the decolonisation of research and the articulation of Indigenous research paradigms. Pacific communities are manifestations of their genealogical lineages spanning vast oceans, and as collective economic powerhouses resulting from political presence on the world stage and nascent forms of indigenous innovation and entrepreneurship.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPacific Social Work
Subtitle of host publicationNavigating Practice, Policy and Research
EditorsJioji Ravulo, Tracie Mafile'o, Donald Bruce Yeates
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor and Francis AS
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781315144252
ISBN (Print)9781138501300
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2019
Externally publishedYes


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