Constructing an Indigenous Model of the Self to Address Cultural and Mental Health Issues in the Canadian Subarctic

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Title: Constructing an Indigenous Model of the Self to Address Cultural and Mental Health Issues in the Canadian Subarctic
Authors: Marquina Márquez, Alfonso | Vírchez, Jorge | Ruiz-Callado, Raúl
Research Group/s: Población, Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo (POMADE) | Observatorio Sociológico de la Educación (OBSOEDU)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Sociología I
Keywords: Mental health | Indigenous identity | Self | Cultural models | Canadian subarctic
Knowledge Area: Sociología
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Foundation for High Studies on Antarctica and Extreme Environments | Faculty of Social Sciences - Universidad del Salvador
Citation: Arctic & Antarctic. International Journal of Circumpolar Sociocultural Issues. 2013, 7(7): 41-62
Abstract: Since the last decades, academic research has paid much attention to the phenomenon of revitalizing indigenous cultures and, more precisely, the use of traditional indigenous healing methods both to deal with individuals' mental health problems and with broader cultural issues. The re-evaluation of traditional indigenous healing practices as a mode of psychotherapeutic treatment has been perhaps one of the most interesting sociocultural processes in the postmodern era. In this regard, incorporating indigenous forms of healing in a contemporary framework of indigenous mental health treatment should be interpreted not simply as an alternative therapeutic response to the clinical context of Western psychiatry, but also constitutes a political response on the part of ethno-cultural groups that have been stereotyped as socially inferior and culturally backward. As a result, a postmodern form of "traditional healing" developed with various forms of knowledge, rites and the social uses of medicinal plants, has been set in motion on many Canadian indigenous reserves over the last two decades.
Sponsor: This article derives from two research projects: I+D+i SEJ2005-09344/SOCI, financed by the Ministry of Education and Science (Spain); and I+D+i CURA/NORTHERN, financed by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada).
ISSN: 1851-4685
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer Review: si
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INV - POMADE - Artículos de Revistas
INV - SOC-INNOVA - Artículos de Revistas

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