Indigenous psychology in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Australia

Waikaremoana Waitoki, Pat Dudgeon, Linda Waimarie Nikora

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In Aotearoa/New Zealand and Australia, the development of Indigenous psychology is a response to the resilience of a colonised people, where the gaze of Western imperialism is ever present. The use of esoteric, ceremonial, environmental, and relational knowledge is included to counter balance the individualism inherent in mainstream psychology. Across both countries, connections to ancestors, land, language, customs and relationships are important. Dudgeon’s Social and Emotional Wellbeing model offers a transformative lens for addressing the significant disparities that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ experience. While Māori wellbeing includes healthy relationships between physical, psychological, community, spirituality and environment domains. The chapter promotes a reclamation of Indigenous knowledge systems that, if not protected and promoted, could be lost from their cultural home.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Psychologies
Subtitle of host publicationMental Health and the Global South
EditorsSuman Fernando, Roy Moodley
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781349958160
ISBN (Print)9781349958153
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes


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