boundaries of the field

Researchers, and the boundaries of the 'field' are always simultaneously being stretched (Hart, 2005a, 2005b; Reid & Scott, 2006) and policed as those who review dissertations, journal articles, and abstracts for conference presentations are in some instances complicit in, and in others, resist, colonizing practices which support particular (i.e. rational) subjectivities and ways of knowing as more legitimate than others (see Richardson, 1997, 2002b).

In order to resist complicity in colonizing research, it is important to decolonize relations with other animals, plants, and non-human-persons (see Fawcett, 2006). It is not only Indigenous peoples, but Europeans as well who are in need of decolonization – which, as hooks (1992a) defines it, is a "process of cultural and historical liberation; an act of confrontation with a dominant system of thought" (p. 1).