Photo of Yaoundé, Cameroon at dusk. A well lit city street has many low level buildings. In the distance are mountains and a sunset partially covered by clouds.

How can researchers use deaf indigenous epistemology as an analytical tool for learning about the diverse lives of deaf people within the deaf community? In response to this question, the author describes a case study of emancipation research within the Cameroon Deaf community. As part of this, she discusses the challenges of the research process. She also discusses the use of a participatory approach to research. Some of the challenges included exposing the Cameroon Deaf community to their indigenous knowledge. The researcher tried to provide this exposure in a way that enabled the empowerment of the Deaf community.

Author Goedele De Clerck published this article in September 2011 in Third World Quarterly 32(8):. 1419-1435. At the link above, you can try to ask the author to send you a copy of the article. Alternatively, you can ask your preferred library if they subscribe to Third World Quarterly. Or you can buy a copy of the article.

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