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Indigenous psychology in Australia

Chapter


Abstract


  • Psychology in Australia has been implicated in the marginalisation and disenfranchisement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people since the time of colonial settlement. In this chapter the emergence of a distinctively Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Indigenous psychology is discussed. The history of psychology and psychological practices in the context of settlement and colonisation will be outlined. Also outlined is the emergence of the dominant discourses in psychological practice based on the ‘learned society’ model of the British Psychological Society, which culminated in the establishment of the Australian Psychological Society in 1965. Juxtaposed with that learned society approach to governance and practice of psychology in Australia is the relative dominance of the North American models of teaching, learning, theory, and method. This form of cultural imperialism dominated Australian psychology until well into the 2000s.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Adams, M., Adams, Y., & Drew, N. (2018). Indigenous psychology in Australia. In Asia-Pacific Perspectives on Intercultural Psychology (pp. 175-197). doi:10.4324/9781315158358-15

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781138068025

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85106079619

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Asia-Pacific Perspectives on Intercultural Psychology

Start Page


  • 175

End Page


  • 197

Abstract


  • Psychology in Australia has been implicated in the marginalisation and disenfranchisement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people since the time of colonial settlement. In this chapter the emergence of a distinctively Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Indigenous psychology is discussed. The history of psychology and psychological practices in the context of settlement and colonisation will be outlined. Also outlined is the emergence of the dominant discourses in psychological practice based on the ‘learned society’ model of the British Psychological Society, which culminated in the establishment of the Australian Psychological Society in 1965. Juxtaposed with that learned society approach to governance and practice of psychology in Australia is the relative dominance of the North American models of teaching, learning, theory, and method. This form of cultural imperialism dominated Australian psychology until well into the 2000s.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Adams, M., Adams, Y., & Drew, N. (2018). Indigenous psychology in Australia. In Asia-Pacific Perspectives on Intercultural Psychology (pp. 175-197). doi:10.4324/9781315158358-15

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781138068025

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85106079619

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Asia-Pacific Perspectives on Intercultural Psychology

Start Page


  • 175

End Page


  • 197