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Epistemological and methodological considerations in peacebuilding research – experiences from the Borana of Ethiopia


Debelo, Asebe Regassa (2020). Epistemological and methodological considerations in peacebuilding research – experiences from the Borana of Ethiopia. In: Rashid, Ismail; Niang, Amy. Researching Peacebuilding in Africa: Reflections on Theory, Fieldwork and Context. London: Routledge, 177-189.

Abstract

Building on empirical data from author's fieldwork along the Ethiopia-Kenya border, this chapter provides epistemological and methodological insights to peacebuilding research and calls for a paradigm shift towards culture-sensitive approaches. It argues that researching peacebuilding in Africa should consider local cultural settings and epistemological paradigms by carefully designing appropriate methodological approaches. Drawing on this latter perspective, the author argues that peacebuilding research among societies with intact indigenous cultural practices, values and customs should be grounded within the societies' epistemological and cosmological orientations of their place in nature. First, the author visited Borana land along the Ethiopia-Kenya border in 2015 to conduct research on cross-border conflict funded by the African Peacebuilding Network.

Abstract

Building on empirical data from author's fieldwork along the Ethiopia-Kenya border, this chapter provides epistemological and methodological insights to peacebuilding research and calls for a paradigm shift towards culture-sensitive approaches. It argues that researching peacebuilding in Africa should consider local cultural settings and epistemological paradigms by carefully designing appropriate methodological approaches. Drawing on this latter perspective, the author argues that peacebuilding research among societies with intact indigenous cultural practices, values and customs should be grounded within the societies' epistemological and cosmological orientations of their place in nature. First, the author visited Borana land along the Ethiopia-Kenya border in 2015 to conduct research on cross-border conflict funded by the African Peacebuilding Network.

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Item Type:Book Section, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2020
Deposited On:28 Jan 2021 13:58
Last Modified:28 Jan 2021 14:03
Publisher:Routledge
ISBN:9781003111740
OA Status:Closed
Official URL:https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/epistemological-methodological-considerations-peacebuilding-research-experiences-borana-ethiopia-asebe-regassa-debelo/e/10.4324/9781003111740-13

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