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Accessing cultural expressions of 'Being' and trauma through phenomenological investigation with male African entrants to Tasmania, Australia


Harris, AJ, Accessing cultural expressions of 'Being' and trauma through phenomenological investigation with male African entrants to Tasmania, Australia, Health and well-being: A social and cultural perspective, Nova Science Publishers, Q Le (ed), Australia, pp. 143-155. ISBN 9781611226485 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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This chapter describes a qualitative research study which was envisaged as a partner to humanistic counselling practice. The study evolved from attempts to assist with the traumatic histories of humanitarian African entrants to Tasmania, Australia. Phenomenological methods were selected to allow for engagement with descriptions of "being" which were outside the scope of prevailing western psychological models. Data collection entailed semi-structured interviews with 16 male African entrants to Tasmania, ethnographic observation at gatherings, and two consensus groups. Major themes revealed in preliminary analysis were: an inalienable responsibility for family; assumptions of collective problem solving as an intrinsic part of community living; and an implied interdependent sense of self. This was contextualised within an immediate sense of community which was explicitly inclusive of all other human community members whether living, ancestral, or yet to be born; the physical environment, animals and plants; and spirit influences. Specific recommendations are made for working with the client groups which were part of the study, and it is concluded that a more complex and inclusive idea of human identity is required for cross cultural counselling practice.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Africa, African counselling, community identity, cross-cultural psychology, ethnography, phenomenology, spirit belief, trauma
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Health Protection and/or Disaster Response
UTAS Author:Harris, AJ (Mr Andrew Harris)
ID Code:119196
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2017-07-27
Last Modified:2017-10-17

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