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Yarning as an interview method for non-Indigenous clinicians and health researchers

© The Author(s) 2021. In this article, we discuss the origins, epistemology, and forms of Yarning as derived from the literature, and its use in research and clinical contexts. Drawing on three Yarns, the article addresses the extent to which non-Indigenous researchers and clinicians rightfully use and adapt this information-gathering method, or alternatively, may engage in yet another form of what can be described as post-colonialist behavior. Furthermore, we argue that while non-Indigenous researchers can use Yarning as an interview technique, this does not necessarily mean they engage in Indigenous methodologies. As we note, respectfully interviewing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can be a challenge for non-Indigenous researchers. The difficulties go beyond differences in language to reveal radically different expectations about how relationships shape information giving. Yarning as a method for addressing cross-cultural clinical and research differences goes some way to ameliorating these barriers, but also highlights the post-colonial tensions.

Funding

Category 2 - Other Public Sector Grants Category

History

Volume

31

Issue

7

Start Page

1345

End Page

1357

Number of Pages

13

eISSN

1552-7557

ISSN

1049-7323

Location

United States

Publisher

Sage

Language

eng

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Cultural Warning

This research output may contain the names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. We apologize for any distress that may occur.

External Author Affiliations

James Cook University

Era Eligible

Yes

Medium

Print-Electronic

Journal

Qualitative Health Research