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Title: On the Indigenization of Academic Discourse
Authors: Alatas, S.F. 
Issue Date: 1993
Citation: Alatas, S.F. (1993). On the Indigenization of Academic Discourse. Alternatives 18 (3) : 307-338. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The institutional & theoretical dependence of Third World scholars on Western social science has resulted in "the captive mind," ie, a mind that is uncritical & imitative in its approach to ideas & concepts from the West. One reaction to this has been the call to indigenization. However, indigenization itself encounters a number of difficulties that are analyzed here in terms of the relationship between discourse & power. The works of Michel Foucault are found to be useful for this project. Efforts to overcome the problem of imitation face several obstacles as a result of the colonial encounter & the continuing tradition of Western social science in the Third World, including various internal & external procedures of exclusion. Indigenization is an attempt to create a counterdiscourse to the hegemony of Western discourses on development, but must be distinguished from nativism, which refers to the wholesale rejection of Western knowledge. Modified AA.
Source Title: Alternatives
ISSN: 03043754
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