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Decolonizing interpretive research: subaltern sensibilities and the politics of voice

Decolonizing interpretive research: subaltern sensibilities and the politics of voice The purpose of this paper is to explore the notion of decolonizing interpretive research in ways that respect and integrate the qualitative sensibilities of subaltern voices in the knowledge production of anti-colonial possibilities.Design/methodology/approachThe paper draws from the decolonizing and post-colonial theoretical tradition, with a specific reference to Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak’s contribution to this analysis.FindingsThrough a critical discussion of decolonizing concerns tied to qualitative interpretive interrogations, the paper points to the key assumptions that support and reinforce the sensibilities of subaltern voices in efforts to move western research approaches toward anti-colonial possibilities. In the process, this discussion supports the emergence of an itinerant epistemological lens that opens the field to decolonizing inquiry.Practical implicationsIts practical implications are tied to discursive transformations, which can impact social and material transformations within the context of research and society.Originality/valueMoreover, the paper provides an innovative rethinking of interpretive research, in an effort to extend the analysis of decolonizing methodology to the construction of subaltern inspired intellectual labor. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Qualitative Research Journal Emerald Publishing

Decolonizing interpretive research: subaltern sensibilities and the politics of voice

Qualitative Research Journal , Volume 18 (2): 11 – May 10, 2018

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Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1443-9883
DOI
10.1108/qrj-d-17-00056
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to explore the notion of decolonizing interpretive research in ways that respect and integrate the qualitative sensibilities of subaltern voices in the knowledge production of anti-colonial possibilities.Design/methodology/approachThe paper draws from the decolonizing and post-colonial theoretical tradition, with a specific reference to Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak’s contribution to this analysis.FindingsThrough a critical discussion of decolonizing concerns tied to qualitative interpretive interrogations, the paper points to the key assumptions that support and reinforce the sensibilities of subaltern voices in efforts to move western research approaches toward anti-colonial possibilities. In the process, this discussion supports the emergence of an itinerant epistemological lens that opens the field to decolonizing inquiry.Practical implicationsIts practical implications are tied to discursive transformations, which can impact social and material transformations within the context of research and society.Originality/valueMoreover, the paper provides an innovative rethinking of interpretive research, in an effort to extend the analysis of decolonizing methodology to the construction of subaltern inspired intellectual labor.

Journal

Qualitative Research JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: May 10, 2018

Keywords: Interpretive research; Post-colonial; Decolonizing; Knowledge production; Subaltern voice

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