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Study of intra-racial exclusion within Australian Indigenous communities using eco-maps

Doyle, K, Hungerford, C and Cleary, M ORCID: 0000-0002-1453-4850 2017 , 'Study of intra-racial exclusion within Australian Indigenous communities using eco-maps' , International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, vol. 26, no. 2 , pp. 129-141 , doi: 10.1111/inm.12259.

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Abstract

In Australia, 'indigeneity' is not determined by skin colour, but rather by a person's heritage, acceptance by an indigenous community, and active participation in the affairs of that indigenous community. Some people who identify as indigenous, however, have experienced 'colourism' - that is, experiences of social exclusion because of the colour of their skin - from non-Indigenous and also Indigenous Australians. This paper describes research that explored the effect of intra-racial exclusion on the mental health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, with a particular focus on skin colour or 'manifest indigeneity'. Framed within a qualitative design, an eco-map was used to guide in-depth interviews with 32 participants that gave rise to personal stories that described the distress of experiencing intra-racial colourism. Findings were derived from a thematic analysis that identified four major themes: 'Growing up black', 'Living on black country', 'Looking black', and 'Fitting in black'. These findings are important because they suggest a way forward for mental health nurses to better understand and support the mental health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians who have experienced social exclusion as a result of colourism.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Doyle, K and Hungerford, C and Cleary, M
Keywords: colourism, ecological systems, identity, Indigenous Australian, mental health, social determinants of health
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
ISSN: 1445-8330
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/inm.12259
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Copyright 2016 Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc.

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