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Tensions in Anti-colonial Research: Lessons Learned by Collaborating With a Mining-Affected Indigenous Community Les tensions dans le cadre d'une recherche anticoloniale : les leçons tirées d'une collaboration avec une communauté autochtone touchée par l'industrie minière

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Community-based nurse researchers strive to develop collaborative partnerships that are meaningful to the health priorities of participants and relevant to their sociopolitical realities. Within the context of global inequity, intersecting forces of privilege and oppression inevitably shape the research process, resulting in tensions, contradictions, and challenges that must be addressed. This article has 3 purposes: to examine the political context of mining corporations, to describe common health threats and challenges faced by mining-affected communities, and to reflect on research with a mining-affected Indigenous community in Guatemala whose health and capacity for self-advocacy are impacted by a legacy of colonialism. Using an anti-colonial lens, the authors discuss 3 central tensions: community agency and community victimhood, common ground and distinct identities, and commitment to outcomes and awareness of limitations. They conclude by offering methodological suggestions for nurse researchers whose work is grounded in anti-colonial perspectives.

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Les infirmières et les infirmiers qui font de la recherche communautaire visent à développer des partenariats de collaboration qui répondent aux priorités des participants en matière de santé et qui sont pertinentes à leurs réalités socio politiques. Dans un contexte d'iniquité mondiale, la dynamique entre les parties privilégiées et les parties opprimées façonne inévitablement le processus de recherche, générant des tensions, des contradictions et des défis auxquels il faut faire face. Cet article a trois objectifs : examiner le contexte politique dans lequel les entreprises minières opèrent; décrire les menaces à la santé et les défis courants que les communautés touchées par l'industrie minière doivent affronter; et réfléchir sur la recherche effectuée en collaboration avec une communauté autochtone touchée par des activités minières au Guatemala et dont la santé et la capacité de défendre ses droits subissent l'impact d'un héritage colonial. Utilisant une analyse anticoloniale, les auteurs discutent de trois tensions importantes : les organismes communautaires et la victimisation collective; les similitudes et les identités distinctes; et la volonté d'atteindre des résultats et de mettre en lumière les limites. Ils concluent avec des suggestions méthodologiques à l'intention des infirmières et des infirmiers chercheurs dont le travail est fondé sur une approche anticoloniale.

Keywords: ANTI-COLONIAL; COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH; CROSS-CULTURAL; GLOBAL INEQUITY; INDIGENOUS HEALTH; MINING; RESEARCH RELATIONSHIPS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2012

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