Decolonising quantitative methods within a Pacific research space to explore cognitive effects following kava use
Aporosa, S. ‘Apo’, Atkins, M. J., & Leov, J. N. (2021). Decolonising quantitative methods within a Pacific research space to explore cognitive effects following kava use. Pacific Dynamics, 5.
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Work that challenges Western hegemonic research traditions, through use of innovative and alternative approaches as part of ‘decolonising methodologies’, is increasingly being validated by research funding bodies, post-graduate research and large-scale projects. This paper explains a feasibility study that combined a Pacific respect-based cultural methodology with a counter-hegemonic development theory to create a postdevelopment methodological framework (PDMF). The framework was then used to guide the culturally ethical use of Western psychometric measures at a naturalistic kava-use setting. Not only does the study demonstrate the viability of the PDMF and the naturalistic kava use setting—or faikava methodology—as a valid tool for collecting data in a study conducted pursuant to a major research award, it also builds on a growing body of work aimed at decolonising Pacific methodologies.
University of Canterbury
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