Borderlands: an Australian Duo-Ethnography of First Nations and Western Psychology
Nelson, R. & Phillips, D. Hu Arenas (2018).
The purpose of this work is to articulate, for other Western psychologists, learnings about the ways in which hegemonic Western psychology is a colonising practice, and how cultural humility can enable a space in which First Nations knowledge is given preference. Using duo-ethnography as a method of dialogical qualitative inquiry, we explore the cultural interface of First Nations knowledge and Western psychology in Australia. The story of a First Nations educator and activist, from the Bundjalung nation, explores borders in culture, geography and language. The story of a white psychologist examines colonisation and genocide in Australia, and the emergence of Western psychology from systems that subjugate First Nations Peoples. Using border theory, we create a dialogical space between these stories, forming a borderland that facilitates the development of cultural humility for the white psychologist.
We Are Barometers of the City; Collected Poems by Psychologists
Rhodes, P., Azim, K.A., Saab, K., Nelson, R. et al. Human Arenas (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s42087-018-0033-7
This article is a collection of poetry by psychologists who practice in cities, mainly sunny Sydney, with solidarity from others. Poetic introspection gives us access beyond the visible into the affective atmosphere present in our therapy rooms, but also embodied at the beach, in the streets, in houses and apartments, in schools and further beyond the crowds to the bush and further to the island prisons and England and the United States. We present poetry as cultural data, a snapshot of the city.
Episode 177: Staying Healthy in a Sick Society
Interview with Ruth Nelson
Nick is joined by Ruth, a psychologist, activist and host of the Creating Space Project podcast. We discuss some listener feedback on staying healthy in a sick society, avoiding being a “shooting star” as an activist, Ruth’s environmental activism with Save Ashfield Park – against the West Connex highway development, activism as a privilege and mental health as a political issue.
DisConnex: Reframing Resistance
Presented at an exhibition at the Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Camperdown in June-July 2017. A showcase of salvaged heritage items from homes destroyed by WestCONnex; in tandem with films, photographs, placards and costumes that creatively challenged the displacement caused to communities across Sydney by the spreading network of tollways.
Chasing Misery the book
"Chasing Misery is an anthology of essays collecting different experiences, perspectives and voices of women involved in humanitarian work and it’s now available for purchase!
While there are no good statistics on how many women are currently doing aid work there are some amazing, strong, talented, vulnerable, sophisticated, and intelligent women who have some fascinating stories to tell. Not the stories you get on CNN, or BBC, or Al Jazeera – where you are only given a minute’s glimpse into some of the most difficult places on earth – but rather complex stories with a very human face and whole lot of heart.
This book is a platform for those stories.
This book will not answer all the question or debates about humanitarian aid work – in fact, it might start a few more – but it will provide a deeper insight into the complex world of humanitarian responses through the eyes of those who are on the front lines. We’re have a very human book – some of the essays are funny, some of the essays are heart-breaking. Cause that’s how life is. "
Check it out here.
The FaithFeed: Ruth - Listening for the Wisdom of Another's Life Experience.
“When you lean in close and listen, you cannot help but love. You cannot help but care” - Ruth, at 27 July 2018 studio audience host by The FaithFeed.
With experiences from the Sydney suburb of Toongabbie and the overseas communities of Uganda, Ruth shared reflections on both the risk and blessing of entering into the story of another. Some stories were marked with sadness. Some with shame and pain. Others with hope born out of a deep sense of solidarity and mutual healing.
Stories hold the invitation to engage further – to be challenged – to be changed – to recognise that each person plays an interconnected part in the transformation of the human family and the created world, for the better.
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