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A self-study : being a white psychologist in an Indian world by Todd Sojonky

By Todd Sojonky

Who am I as a psychologist? This publication examines the function of psychologists in pass- cultural settings and explores the price of self-knowledge within the perform of psychology. this present day many indigenous everyone is nonetheless experiencing a colonial form of treatment that's rooted in strength imbalances and a controlled future health care approach. via narrative, tale, poetry and psychotherapy this ebook indicates the significance of non-public development and informs the perform of being a ‘good psychologist’. It asks the reader to contemplate how cross-cultural reports impact expert psychology discourse and practices in addition to to discover the relationships among dominant psychology platforms and cultural enactments.

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Indd 26 4/14/10 6:41:08 P Imperialism and colonialism are crucial components in understanding the cultures affected by white privilege. Colonialism is an expression of imperialism. Imperialism was driven by economic expansionism and the subjugation of others, in my context the Indigenous peoples of North America. The devastating impact of imperialism upon Indigenous peoples can not be emphasized enough as Maori academic Linda Tuhiwai Smith (1999) maintains: “A constant reworking of our understandings of the impact of imperialism and colonialism is an important aspect of indigenous cultural politics and forms the basis of an indigenous language of critique” (pp.

Narrative uses a language that the elders respect, opens the door for spiritual awareness and allows “data” to be approached and understood by those outside of academic circles. In the context in which I work there is no greater validation to be gained but to listen carefully to the stories shared and to understand my own. indd 24 4/14/10 6:39:30 P CHAPTER 2 CONSIDERING COLOR: EXPLORING WHITE PRIVILEGE Introduction The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much.

Stories] long to be used rather than analyzed; to be told and retold rather than theorized and settled; to offer lessons for further conversation rather than undebatable conclusions; and to substitute the companionship of intimate detail for the loneliness of abstracted facts. (Ellis & Bochner, 2000, p. 744) In writing this thesis, I have used primarily stories to reflect and portray my experiences as a white psychologist in a First Nations world. With the stories, I have also included a number of poems as well as entries from my journal written at various times during my work.

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