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Positioning Research

Positioning Research
Shifting Paradigms, Interdisciplinarity and Indigeneity

Edited by:
  • Margaret Kumar - Adjunct Professor, Centurion University of Technology and Management, Odisha, India
  • Supriya Pattanayak - Deputy Vice Chancellor, Centurion University of Technology and Management, Odisha, India

April 2018 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

The availability of research methodologies and frameworks to facilitate different ways of gathering knowledge and performing research is often a matter of concern for early career researchers as well as advanced research scholars. Positioning Research, while identifying this gap, provides avenues that encompass differing cultural backgrounds and disciplines to enable exploration of research frameworks and shifting paradigms, considering the impact of social media and new forms of knowledge that assist real-time, global distribution of research. 

The book highlights the possibilities of transition into ‘the third space’, where negotiation and dialogue are central to positioning research. It upholds the principle that different research methodologies are equally valid and valued in contributing to new knowledge. The book focuses on the contexts in which research questions are conceptualised and designed, and highlights the implications of research for the various partners and communities that participate in the research. It thus provides a cutting-edge framework for conducting multidisciplinary research.
Joseph Lo Bianco
Margaret Kumar and Supriya Pattanayak
Introduction: Positioning Research
Perspectives from Early Career Researchers
Margaret Kumar
Originality, Hybridity and Intra-paradigm Shift
Graeme Pye
Interdisciplinary Research and the Early Career Researcher
Cameron Bishop
Art, the Academy and Strategy
Ndungi wa Mungai
Early Career Researcher’s Peer Support Group
Niranjala (Nina) Weerakkody
Doing Research with ‘Others’: Experiences of Difference and Commonality
Jacques Boulet
Researching Is Relating Time and Space
Indigenous and New Knowledge Systems
Supriya Pattanayak
Metaphors We Live by: Appreciating the Place of Language in Indigenous Research
Mark Rose
Positioning Indigenous Knowledge
Estelle Barrett
New Frontiers of Research: Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Artistic Practice
Terrence Kildea and Margaret Kumar
Aboriginal Spirituality and Its Relationship to the Positioning of Research
Binod C. Agrawal
In-depth Methods for Portraying and Understanding Cultural Realities
Theoretical Approaches and Case Study
Chandrabhanu Pattanayak
Historicizing the Problematic Media Education
M. J. Warren and S. Leitch
The Use of Social Media and New Knowledge to Researchers in the New Age
Brenda Cherednichenko and Ian Robottom
Developing Sustainable International Partnerships in Higher Education: A Case Study
Margaret Kumar and Supriya Pattanayak
Conclusion: Extrapolating Research

Contemporary Western quest for knowledge too often tends to eclipse traditional or indigenous knowledge preserved by societies over many thousands of years. The array of well-crafted chapters in this volume sets out, first, to examine the ramifications of this lacuna in the broader applied context of research pursued in higher degree education and in the works of early career academics, and second, to forge methodologies that better provide pathways for the transition to ‘the third space’, where research frameworks are explored and negotiated, overcoming the baggage of erstwhile approaches. The volume poignantly suggests constructive ways for engendering collaborative research, building effective research capacities and mentoring peer groups while conducting interdisciplinary research. 

Professor Purushottama Bilimoria
Honorary Professor, Deakin University; Senior Fellow, Melbourne University; and Visiting Professor, University of California

Positioning Research: Shifting Paradigms, Interdisciplinarity and Indigeneity makes a significant contribution to the global exchange of knowledge. The contributors to the book cover interdisciplinarity, as integral to: emerging research paradigms, the transition from a PhD student to an early career researcher, the relevance of indigenous knowledge to formal academic research, the roles of ‘self’ and ‘language’ in research, and new technologies and new frontiers of research. In Positioning Research, we are exposed to several ‘lenses’ of understanding, to different and unique ways of conceptualizing the world, to some decidedly non-Western ways of ‘knowing’ and to complementarities of knowledge systems. The integration of interdisciplinarity and indigenous knowledge within one body of work is truly unique.

Professor Joe Graffam,
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research Development and Training, Deakin University

As students and scholars interact in a globalized world, old disciplinary boundaries between academic disciplines of history and philosophy, sociology and anthropology, political science and economics seem more and more translucent, even porous. Few enquiries, if any, seem to fit neatly and squarely in one single academic box; increasingly, they require and demand the probing light of many perspectives and several angles. The present volume addresses some of these concerns boldly; by reaching out to another scholar across the national border, or across the historical period, or against the prevailing assumptions, it is daring to reformulate the research questions afresh. Such an attempt is sure to bear fruit and be creative and invigorating. 

Sehdev Kumar,
Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies, University of Waterloo, Canada; Distinguished Professor of Culture & Communication, Himgiri Zee University, India, and Principal, Kumar Intern

Evolving cultural dynamics and research paradigms shift our thinking and doing through modes of different methodologies. This book investigates the ever-increasing premise of technological and cultural change, affirming that research in general is finding new ascribed value in various methodological approaches to the general knowledge economy. It is here that through the filter of a ‘different’ lens, existing ideological frameworks can be reconfigured and reconstituted to allow a valued dialogue across various cultural and academic divides. The contributors to this book provide varying positions to the premise of research itself, where there is a contribution to new knowledge through ancient knowledge and traditions. 

Brian Martin,
Honorary Professor of Eminence, Centurion University of Technology and Management, Odisha, India

This book tries to unravel the ‘meanings’ of and the ‘relationship’ between indigenous, traditional and contemporary knowledge and how they are engaged within research. Further, it explores the boundaries between disciplines and the difficulties researchers have in traversing them, although the need of the hour is to reformulate the research question from multiple lenses. The Cartesian dichotomy is an imposition on the multiple complementarities of the diverse, multilingual, multicultural world. This book will guide researchers from the dominant mono-model world to take a relook at their research paradigms to enable them to ‘make sense of’ the ‘multiple realities’ and ‘complementarities’ of the ‘other’.

Debi Prasanna Pattanayak,
World-renowned Indian Professor, Linguist, Social Scientist and Author, and Founder-Director, Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, India

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ISBN: 9789352806171