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Decolonizing Data: Unsettling Conversations about Social Research Methods
Jacqueline M. Quinless
University of Toronto Press / Softcover / Feb 2022
9781487523336 (ISBN-10: 1487523335)
Indigenous Peoples / Research
price: $24.95 (may be subject to change)
172 pages
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Decolonizing Data explores how ongoing structures of colonialization negatively impact the well-being of Indigenous peoples and communities across Canada, resulting in persistent health inequalities. In addressing the social dimensions of health, particularly as they affect Indigenous peoples and BIPOC communities, Decolonizing Data asks, Should these groups be given priority for future health policy considerations?

Decolonizing Data provides a deeper understanding of the social dimensions of health as applied to Indigenous peoples, who have been historically underfunded in and excluded from health services, programs, and quality of care; this inequality has most recently been seen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Drawing on both western and Indigenous methodologies, this unique scholarly contribution takes both a sociological perspective and the "two-eyed seeing" approach to research methods. By looking at the ways that everyday research practices contribute to the colonization of health outcomes for Indigenous peoples, Decolonizing Data exposes the social dimensions of healthcare and offers a careful and respectful reflection on how to "unsettle conversations" about applied social research initiatives for our most vulnerable groups.


"Decolonizing Data is a valuable resource and guide to taking a decolonized critical approach to Indigenous research for practitioners, academics, and researchers.. The book notably takes an important stance in discussing and executing allyship in Indigenous research in an important area of health and wellness. Jacqueline M. Quinless offers a unique case study that is very helpful for non-Indigenous researchers who are wanting to engage with Indigenous research in a respectful way."
— Lisa Monchalin, Professor of Criminology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

"Decolonizing Data is clear and concise. The literature is sound and conducted in a professional manner. This book will be useful in courses on decolonizing approaches, Indigenous methodologies, methods, health and well-being, social sciences, and research practices."
— Michael Lickers, Associate Faculty and Indigenous Scholar in Residence, School of Leadership Studies, Royal Roads University

About the Author

Jacqueline M. Quinless is an adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Victoria.

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