In defence of local knowledge: A theoretical reflection

  • P Higgs School of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa
Keywords: Indigenous knowledge systems, local knowledge, anthropology of science

Abstract



Indigenous African knowledge systems are concerned with local knowledge. But the question that this raises is how valid is such local knowledge? Can such local knowledge be generalized and claim universal validity? Or stated differently, what is the epistemic foundation of local knowledge? This article sets out to reflect critically on the epistemic status of local knowledge and concludes with a defence of local knowledge based on work done in the anthropology of science.

Keywords: Indigenous knowledge systems, local knowledge, anthropology of science.

Indilinga Vol. 5 (2) 2006: pp. 1-11
Published
2007-03-16
Section
Articles

Journal Identifiers


eISSN: 1683-0296