Decolonizing the literature review: a relational approach

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As two (ab)Original women, we consider how a relational approach to the literature review can reflect our broader Indigenous and decolonizing research methodologies. In our research training, we have been exposed to dominant literature review models that advocate for researchers to “identify the gaps” and “occupy a territory,” a process (and vernacular) that feels at odds with Indigenous, relational, and decolonizing principles. We intend to apply the teachings we
have learned from Indigenous scholars to the literature review process by proposing a reframing of the literature review, to one that is relational.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)498-508
Number of pages11
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Issue number3-4
Early online date8 Jun 2022
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023


  • Indigenous approaches to knowledge
  • Indigenous epistemologies
  • Indigenous methodologies
  • literature review
  • relationality


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