Decolonizing Methodologies

Research and Indigenous Peoples

Linda Tuhiwai Smith

Third Edition


Linda Tuhiwai Smith’s landmark work on decolonial and indigenous research, thoroughly revised and updated.

With Decolonizing Methodologies, Linda Tuhiwai Smith made us rethink the relationship between scholarly research and the legacies of colonialism, and to confront the reality that, for the colonized, such research was often inextricably bound up with memories of exploitation. Offering a visionary new ‘decolonizing’ approach to research methodology, her book has continued to inspire generations of decolonial and indigenous scholars.

This revised and expanded new edition demonstrates the continued importance of Tuhiwai Smith’s work to today’s struggles, including the growing movement to decolonize education and the university curriculum. It also features contributions from both new and established indigenous scholars on what a decolonizing approach means for both the present and future of academic research, and provides practical examples of how decolonial and indigenous methodologies have been fruitfully applied to recent research projects. Decolonizing Methodologies remains a definitive work in the ongoing struggle to reclaim indigenous ways of knowing and being.

Author Bio

Linda Tuhiwai is Vice-Chancellor with responsibilities for Maori development at the University of Waikato, as well as Dean of the University’s School of Maori and Pacific Development. Her other books include the co-edited collections Decolonizing Research: Indigenous Storywork as Methodology (Zed 2019) and Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education (2018).

Table of Contents

  • Foreword to the New Edition
  • Introduction
  • 1. Land Rights, Sovereignty and Black Power in South-East Australia
  • 2. A Political Genealogy for Contemporary Non-Indigenous Activism in Australia
  • 3. Identity Categories: How Activists Both Use and Refuse Them
  • 4. Collaboration, Dialogue and Friendship: Always a Good Thing?
  • 5. A Moral and Political Framework for Non-Indigenous People's Solidarity
  • 6. Reckoning with Complicity
  • 7. Twenty Five More Projects
  • 8. Practical Applications
  • Conclusion


'A landmark in the process not only of decolonizing methodology, but of decolonizing imperial Western knowledge and ways of knowing.'
Walter Mignolo, Duke University

'Linda Tuhiwai Smith's trail-blazing book is one of the greatest contributions towards instilling pride and dignity in indigenous peoples all over the world.'
Harald Gaski, University of Tromsø, Norway.

'This second edition will secure and expand the place of this book as a classic in the field of indigenous methodologies.'
Patti Lather, Ohio State University

'Persuasive, evocative, and enduring.'
Margaret Kovach, University of Saskatchewan

'Equips indigenous scholars with a series of methodological and political strategies for developing research that is enabling and empowering.'
Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Indigenous Studies Research Network, Queensland University of Technology

'A text of broad intellectual reach and political depth, this book transformed the fields of educational research and critical epistemology.'
Michelle Fine, City University New York


Publication Date: 8 April 2021
256 pages

Not available in: New Zealand

Product ISBNs: Paperback 3rd Edition: 9781786998132
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