Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
The Journal of Indigenous Social Development (JISD, formerly the Journal of Indigenous Voices in Social Work) is “committed to advancing education, practice, research and policymaking relevant to indigenous peoples’ social and economic wellbeing…, [providing] a forum for scholars and practitioners from diverse disciplines to expand knowledge and develop dialogue relevant to indigenous communities globally. Intended to reflect diverse communities and perspectives, the editorial board, special issues editors, and reviewers include: Elders and leaders of indigenous communities, community-based practitioners, policymakers, university educators and researchers.” The journal’s goals include advancing “the knowledge and understanding of indigenous peoples’ efforts to preserve their life ways and values; Best practices (traditional and contemporary) which create sustainability options in a changing world; and Research (from the range of disciplines including science, business, the arts, health care, education, etc.) which supports social and economic wellbeing.” The editors seek submissions addressing such subjects as “Community and social work practice, Community, social and economic development or sustainability, Analysis of local, national or international policies, and Research related to social and economic wellbeing.” This review is based on the Volume 4, issue 1, October 2015 issue of JISD.
This issue offers six articles, “Reaching Harmony Across Indigenous and Mainstream Research Contexts: An Emergent Narrative,” “Strengthening Indigenous Social Work in the Academy,” “Decolonizing Social Work “Best Practices” through a Philosophy of Impermanence,” “Threading, Stitching, and Storytelling: Using CBPR and Blackfoot Knowledge and Cultural Practices to Improve Domestic Violence Services for Indigenous Women,” “Native Hawaiian Grandparents: Exploring Benefits and Challenges in the Caregiving Experience,” and “Recognizing Our Past and Moving Toward Our Future: Decolonizing Attitudes About Skin Color and Native Americans.” Articles can be viewed in PDF directly from the journal or via the University’s ScholarSpace site; the PDFs are the same.
Under a Resources tab there’s an excellent video about developing a practice-based research evaluation tool. The journal site also has Quick Links to News, Subscribing, Submitting an Article, Searching the Archives, and linking to the journal’s Facebook page. There is a link to “A Word from our Editors,” where, among other observations, the editors note, “Our vision is to rally the collective intelligence and passions of scholars committed to indigenous social work into a productive, less derivative, more dignified approach to enabling and empowering indigenous communities. Perhaps it could be a template for something new in the world.” It’s to be hoped they realize their vision. Librarians should make this journal known to scholars and students of social work, cultural studies, sociology, ethnoecology, religion, philosophy, and health and well-being researchers.