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University engagement and environmental sustainability$
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Patricia Inman and Diana L. Robinson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719091629

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719091629.001.0001

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Indigenous and Western knowledge: a false dichotomy?

Indigenous and Western knowledge: a false dichotomy?

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(p.35) 3 Indigenous and Western knowledge: a false dichotomy?
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University engagement and environmental sustainability
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Margaret Sutherland

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719091629.003.0004

Western knowledge is often linked to universality and spatial transferability while indigenous knowledge is considered to be part of a traditional and outdated way of life. Development agencies, The World Bank and Higher Education Institutions alike have sought to reconcile these two apparently discrete forms of knowledge. In recent times the value of indigenous knowledge has come to be recognised in various fields including medicine, agriculture, science and education. Alongside this has been growing recognition that if communities and universities are to engage as co-workers in finding solutions to trans national issues then there has to be meaningful dialogue between the epistemologically different knowledge systems.

Keywords:   western knowledge, indigenous knowledge, knowledge systems

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