A Political Ontological Approach to Decolonization of Ethnographic Research in Education

  • Jairo I. Fúnez-FloresEmail author
  • JoAnn Phillion
Part of the Education, Equity, Economy book series (EEEC, volume 7)


This chapter addresses the relationship between modernity and the coloniality of being and knowing, and argues for a political ontological ethnographic approach to conceptualize “culture” as politically dynamic. This ethnographic approach to the production of knowledge in educational contexts seeks to disrupt cultural depictions of inferiority, demythify modernity’s dominant narrative, discourses, and practices by engaging in a sociology of absence and emergence. A political ontological ethnographic approach carries many implications for education research that informs knowledge valued in K-12 contexts in that it underscores the ways in which “other” stories and enactments enter conflicting relationships in the politically charged institutional spaces of schools.


Modernity/coloniality Decolonization Political ontology Ethnography Educational research 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of EducationPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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