Racism, cultural competency and Indigenous Australians: Critical reflections on the veracity of a psychodynamic discourse

By Andrew M. Guilfoyle and S. Caroline Taylor.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The primary interest was how systems of knowledge inadvertently build structures of confinement and domination. The data showed how a 'psychodynamic' repertoire supported the speech of undergraduate psychology students (n=87) functioning for students' claims to being knowledgeable about racism and non-racist; but all the while constructing Indigenous Australians as a causal agent in racism.

Keywords: Indigenous Australians, Racism, Discourse Analysis

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 12, pp.131-154. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.330MB).

Dr Andrew M. Guilfoyle

Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology and Social Science, Edith Cowan University, Perth, WA, Australia

Dr. Andrew Guilfoyle has a PhD in Social Psychology teaches qualitative research. Andrew’s research has focused on health services and community well being particularly for Indigenous and other cultural and linguistically diverse groups.

S. Caroline Taylor

Foundation Chair in Social Justice, Social Justice Research Centre, School of Psychology and Social Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Perth, WA, Australia

Professor S. Caroline Taylor is the Foundation Chair in Social Justice and Head of the Social Justice Research Centre at Edith Cowan University. She was appointed to this role in November 2008. She is an Honorary Research Associate at the Indigenous Law Centre, University of New South Wales. Professor Taylor is recognised as one of Australia's leading experts in the field of child and adult sexual violence and domestic violence and the criminal justice response to victim/survivors and social models of trauma and recovery. Her work has been cited to support law reform in a number of Australian jurisdictions and is frequently cited in various state parliamentary Hansard documents when ministers and other politicians have referred to her work, advocacy and influence in the area of sexual violence, child abuse and domestic violence. She is the author of several monographs, journal articles, reports and media opinion pieces.


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