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Indigenous knowledge systems 

Indigenous knowledge systems
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Indigenous knowledge systems
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Catherine A. Odora-Hoppers

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10.1093/med/9780198703327.003.0015
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date: 21 September 2019

Chapter 15 describes the tensions that exist between Western scientific approaches and Indigenous Knowledge Systems. It illustrates the way in which traditional knowledge of, for example, herbal medicines, has a potentially very high economic value and describes how this can be developed in partnership between local and global interests. It also covers the author’s role as Professor of Development Education in creating a new interdisciplinary field of study, which strengthens the role of Indigenous Knowledge Systems in the social and economic development of Africa and opens out new ways of seeing the world and acting to improve it.

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