oa Journal for New Generation Sciences - Towards the indigenisation of mode 3 knowledge production : an engaged research schema - research

Volume 17 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1684-4998



This article describes the rationale for the development of an engaged, Mode 3 research schema that aims to contribute to reducing the unintended consequences associated with medical pluralism in rural Limpopo Province, South Africa. The research schema re-frames medical pluralism from the perspective of resilience thinking, placing emphasis on resilience investment. The article critiques current efforts to reduce the unintended consequences of medical pluralism for being based on an imbalanced investment strategy. The imbalance is that current efforts to reduce the unintended consequences of medical pluralism typically focus on either ‘structure’ (healthcare systems) or ‘agency’ (health seeking practices) which tends to produce sub-optimal health-related outcomes. The research schema seeks to overcome this imbalance by reconceptualising the pluralistic healthcare environment in a way that is inclusive of both ‘structure’ and ‘agency’ — using indigenous decision making as the referential axis of enquiry. The research schema uses the Mauri Model decision making framework and intentionality as guiding heuristics which are activated using a research method called ‘AART (abduction, abstraction, retroduction and testing)’.

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