Complex Care: Storying Country and Place with Creativity and Respect

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Australia was and continues to be an invaded continent. Story by story, its history is being reframed to respect the truths of First Nations people on whose Country (or territory) the nation is built.
In this chapter, we suggest that this transition requires attentiveness to the connectedness of humans and place. Humans are place makers and places make humans. A place is imbued with meaning, produced in a space that is moved through, resided or built on, extracted from, mapped, named, thought
about and remembered (Madden, 2010, p. 37).
Though such processes are varied, and sometimes contested, relationships to Country and place are formed. In this chapter, our interest in the complexity of care is enlivened through stories of relationships between First Nations Australians and their Country and stories of connections between non Indigenous Australians and place.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDifficult Conversations
EditorsUrsula Frederick, Ashley Harrison, Tracy Ireland, Paul Magee
PublisherBritish Council
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic) 9781915280190
ISBN (Print)9781915280183
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023


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