A Third Space Research Methodology Through the Metaphor of Mokshya

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  • Suresh Gautam School of Education, Kathmandu University, Lalitpur
  • Bal Chandra Luitel School of Education, Kathmandu University, Lalitpur

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.9771/93

Keywords:

Decolonial, third space, research paradigm, Mokshya – metaphor of liberation

Abstract

In this paper, we argue that research paradigms arising from the Western Modern Worldview (WMW) orient research enterprise to serve metaphysics of presence (positive evidence), propositional, deductive and analytical genre and logics (Luitel, 2003), thereby privileging knowing as misappropriating local knowledge system. When the WMW fails to understand the connectedness within local worldviews, they are like colonization. Many researches are taken for granted to put all in boxes creating a dualism of the West (colonized) and non-West (decolonized2). However, the dualism of the West and the Rest hardly recognizes the multiple realities of the local people. In so doing, we envision Third Space Research Methodology where we can realize the importance of both the West and the Rest drawing from their best practices. Developing such a methodology allows all voices to be heard but take precedence over the indigenous/local voice rather than the voice of the researchers. This is why, we suggest a Third Space (Mokshya- an interest of emancipation) methodology through breaking the hierarchies of the West and the local. We use a metaphor of Mokshya describing the Eastern (Hindu/Baudhhist /Jain/Sikhs) epistemic view to be aware of the colonial and decolonial parameters of research.

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Published

2013-08-15

How to Cite

Gautam, S., & Luitel, B. C. (2013). A Third Space Research Methodology Through the Metaphor of Mokshya. Journal of Education and Research, 3(2). https://doi.org/10.9771/93

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