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Three Competing Research Perspectives for Oceania

Three Competing Research Perspectives for Oceania <p> Three research perspectives are currently competing in Oceania. A discipline-based perspective still dominates, though ever fewer people believe that disciplines produce superior forms of knowledge. An alternative, interpretation-based perspective is becoming more prominent, but this approach relies on confusing and contradictory claims about how interpretations connect to concrete activities. A practice-based approach seems better able to promote diversity and place-based autonomies in Oceania. Research that focuses on practices avoids the universalizing claims of discipline-based research. By treating cultures as dynamic repertoires of practices, a practice-based approach integrates interpretive and noninterpretive activities within a single research frame. Examples from many researchers, including Epeli Hau&apos;ofa and Ty K&#x00101;wika Tengan, illustrate the benefits of a practice-based approach. </p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Three Competing Research Perspectives for Oceania

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 18 (1) – Dec 6, 2005

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2006 University of Hawai'i Press.
ISSN
1527-9464

Abstract

<p> Three research perspectives are currently competing in Oceania. A discipline-based perspective still dominates, though ever fewer people believe that disciplines produce superior forms of knowledge. An alternative, interpretation-based perspective is becoming more prominent, but this approach relies on confusing and contradictory claims about how interpretations connect to concrete activities. A practice-based approach seems better able to promote diversity and place-based autonomies in Oceania. Research that focuses on practices avoids the universalizing claims of discipline-based research. By treating cultures as dynamic repertoires of practices, a practice-based approach integrates interpretive and noninterpretive activities within a single research frame. Examples from many researchers, including Epeli Hau&apos;ofa and Ty K&#x00101;wika Tengan, illustrate the benefits of a practice-based approach. </p>

Journal

The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Dec 6, 2005

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