Problematising local indigenous community research: Afro-sensed perspectives

Volume editor
Mogomme A Masoga
Volume editor
Allucia L Shokane
Volume editor
Kelly J Gross


This book deliberates on developments related to Knowledge pathing: multi-, inter- and trans-disciplining in social sciences. The book explores the value of this vexed concept in advancing the course for multi-, inter- and trans-disciplinary perspectives, methodologies, theories and epistemologies of knowledge pathing. The discourse on knowledge pathing remains critical in advancing debates and dialogues in the humanities and social sciences spaces of research and studies. This book makes a significant contribution to the scholarly understanding of indigenous knowledge research by focusing on problematising local indigenous community research from Afro-sensed perspectives.

The field of indigenous knowledge research and higher education in Africa is complex. Yet, across the continent, higher education has been the sector to least embrace Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) or regard indigenous science as a legitimate source of inspiration for the development of youth and local communities. Higher education institutions and local indigenous communities should thus generate knowledge and power through research. On the other hand, higher education researchers should use their research processes and skills for cross-beneficiation when engaging local indigenous communities. This book embodies the current discourse on decolonisation and the use of indigenous knowledge in research and is intended for research specialists in the field of indigenous knowledge systems.


  • Chapter 1
    Indigenous Knowledge and the roots of African chemistry: A wealth of potentialities for chemistry education
    Liliana Mammino
  • Chapter 2
    Indigenous Knowledge education in library and information studies/science schools in Africa
    Dennis N Ocholla
  • Chapter 3
    Researching local indigenous community research: An African perspective
    Mahlapahlapana Themane
  • Chapter 4
    Cultural uses of indigenous grasses in Zimbabwe
    Soul Shava, Anthony Mapaura, Cryton Zazu
  • Chapter 5
    Asset-based and participatory methods in Malawi Women’s Community Partnership to protect African Indigenous Knowledge
    Lisa Blitz, Allucia L Shokane, Mogomme A Masoga, Phoebe Kufeyani, Kelly J Gross, Crystal Welch-Scott
  • Chapter 6
    Discourse on decolonisation of knowledge within the South African higher education setting: Indigenous Knowledge Systems, deculturation and epistemology
    Pakiso Tondi
  • Chapter 7
    Decolonising the social sciences for social work teaching and practice
    Sello L Sithole
  • Chapter 8
    Embedding Indigenous Knowledge of sub-Saharan African destinations in rural tourism offerings
    Ikechukwu O Ezeuduji
  • Chapter 9
    The role of indigenous communities of practice in livelihood sustenance among the Shona people in rural Zimbabwe
    Soul Shava, Chamunorwa A Togo
  • Chapter 10
    Uplifting the voices of rural African women through community-based tourism research in rural areas of South Africa
    Thandi Nzama
  • Chapter 11
    Indigenous psychosocial care among African families raising children with Down syndrome
    Mbazima S Mathebane
  • Chapter 12
    Stokvel as a contemporary concept of community of practice
    Elias R Mathipa, Queen M Motsepe, Keleco JN Karel
  • Chapter 13
    Decolonisation of social work research: An exploratory application
    Kelly J Gross, Phoebe Kufeyani


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