The Formulation of a Health Research Agenda by and for Indigenous Peoples: Contesting the Western Scientific Paradigm
Abstract: The paper addresses concerns related to the impact of Western science and technology upon indigenous communities in the face of current heightened globalization trends. Elements of the Western scientific paradigm that are antagonistic to indigenous ways of life and can result in detrimental cultural disruption are identified. In examining the Andean health paradigm, conceptual elements inherent to indigenous forms of knowledge Generation are uncovered. The paper offers recommendations for the formulation of a research agenda and health promotion strategies aimed at maximizing the benefits of cultural interaction while minimizing Potential damage to indigenous peoples.