Keeping the bastards at bay: Indigenous community responses to research

Year: 2001

Author: Gower, Graeme, Mack, Les

Type of paper: Refereed paper

Researchers are not always readily welcome in Indigenous communities. The failure of researchers to adequately explain the research they are conducting or provide useful feedback to communities, as well as the potential to use the data to condemn the participants to a deficit position in society has resulted in many Indigenous communities being unwilling to host researchers. In this paper, the implications for the conduct of a research project that will operate in a number of urban and remote communities will be discussed.