Research to do, results to sell: Enabling subjects and researchers

Keyan Tomaselli, Vanessa McLennan-Dodd, Arnold Shepperson

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The nature of the encounter and exchange between researchers and subject communities is complex. The highly researched traditionalist ≠Khomani community in the Northern Cape, South Africa, has come to perceive researchers as often exploitative. The community expresses the expectation that research should result in immediate financial benefit for them. This paper addresses these perceptions and examines participatory research methods that ensure that marginalised voices are heard and represented. In so doing, we discuss the uses of cultural studies in development discourses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-37
Number of pages14
JournalSociety in Transition
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Research
  • cultural studies
  • indigenous communities
  • methodology
  • participatory communication
  • ‘Bushmen’

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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