What is it about?

Liming and Ole talk has been recognized by many scholars and writers as a uniquely Caribbean way of engaging with each other either in small or large groups. In Trinidad and Tobago in particular, ole talk is traditionally associated with encounters of leisure and gossip. Scholars such as Cudjoe (1997) have noted the capacity of ole talk ‘to create new spaces for historic possibilities’ and researchers have argued that ole talk can be used to obtain information in qualitative research settings

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Why is it important?

Liming offers an opportunity for social integration and provides a culturally relevant purpose, environment and space in which ole talk can take place. In Caribbean academia, research methodologies have consistently defaulted to Western methodological frameworks despite their arguable disconnect from the Caribbean habitus of encountering and engaging.

Perspectives

Unless indigenous peoples claim their rituals and customs as means of expressions that can be adopted for research within their own cultural spaces, we will continue to accept that western and Eurocentric research methodologies can be applied to all cultural spaces.

Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor
University of Trinidad and Tobago

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This page is a summary of: Exploring Liming and Ole Talk as a Culturally Relevant Methodology for Researching With Caribbean People, International Journal of Qualitative Methods, November 2018, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1609406918813772.
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