Pretty good advice from fallen Fals Borda

Orland Fals Borda,  a Columbian sociologist active since the 1960s, had this to say.

Obituary: Orlando Fals Borda | World news | The Guardian
There he delivered a speech in which he outlined four of his own guidelines for sociology researchers: “Do not monopolise your knowledge nor impose arrogantly your techniques, but respect and combine your skills with the knowledge of the researched or grassroots communities, taking them as full partners and co-researchers. Do not trust elitist versions of history and science which respond to dominant interests, but be receptive to counter-narratives and try to recapture them. Do not depend solely on your culture to interpret facts, but recover local values, traits, beliefs, and arts for action by and with the research organisations. Do not impose your own ponderous scientific style for communicating results, but diffuse and share what you have learned together with the people, in a manner that is wholly understandable and even literary and pleasant, for science should not be necessarily a mystery nor a monopoly of experts and intellectuals.”

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