EthnoHortiTherapy?

This post includes resources about various categories of people, invariably “othered” or considered subaltern for various socio-historical reasons.

 

Nature and the Other

Anthropologists have long had the privilege of investigating the human/non human frontiers or extensions.  Claude Levi Strauss, Robert Jaulin (my own mentor) Philippe Descola, Augustin Berque (another mentor, less anthropologist and more geographer philosopher), Marshal Sahlins, Gregory Bateson to name a few. A good place to find some of the classics in sociology and cultural anthropology is a digital library.

Ecophenomenologists and Radical ecologists have followed the line of inquiry without the backdrop of exotic locales, since the pressing concerns are global. A sort of new animism, in defense of things and species is at work.

With respects to the the issue of Nature as it may be perceived and lived closer to home in the lives of our occidental urban contemporaries, a fabulous series of articles was published in the Journal of Rural Studies.  The theme of this volume : De-centring White Ruralities: Ethnicity and Indignity. While the volume dates back to 2009, it is a good place to start.

 

 

 

The Immigrant experience

The Earth knows my name, Patricia Klindienst. A book on the american immigrant

My garden book, Jamaica Kincaid

Mr Owita’s guide to gardening

 

 

Extreme Gardening

Defiant gardens, Kenneth Helphand, 2006

Greening in the Red Zone, disaster, resilience and community greening, Tidbal and Krasney (ed) Springer, 2014

Healing Fields

Digging for Victory

 

Home grown Diversity 

Colours of Nature

My mother’s garden, Alice walker

African American Yards and Gardens in the Rural south

 

Children

Children and Nature, psychological, sociocultural and evolutionary investigations, Peter H Kahn and Stephen R Kellert

Last child in the woods, Richard Louv

Unpublished MA thesis. Une ethnographie historique de l’enfant au jardin: le tournat du XXeme siecle dans les parcs publiques parisiens. Tamara Singh, 2005

 

Multicultural Approaches 

Ethnopsychology is a discipline and a domaine of inquiry that takes very seriously culturally salient knowledge systems and socially specific mores of certain groups requiring or seeking therapy. Usually referred to as cultural competency in the helping professions, this sensitivity is increasingly important as it becomes apparent that there is no one-size-fits all neutral orientation from which to build a therapeutic rapport. Beyond the therapists’ having a keen sense of individual relating or empathic skill, it is important to recognise that a client is also embedded in a series of referential grids of meaning. It may be primordial to gain access or to journey along their route of cultural learnings.
A number of interesting books and articles on counseling ethnic or cultural groups

The seminal text Counseling the Culturally diverse, Theory and Practice. Derald Wing Sue and David Sue, which has spawned a number of other similar approaches such as Using Art therapy with diverse populations, edited by Saengeeta Prasad.

for example in the Popular Press

from the seminal cultural counseling approach Derald Sue Wing a short piece

Another short article that introduces the issues

A paper  on African centered psychology and another by the same author on critical psychology, another approach which investigates how intra-psychic, individualistic or dyadic/family counseling as well as diagnostic labels mask privilege and power and socioeconomic context.

on African centered psychology as heresay

a critical reading of psychosociology, the therapeutic paradigm and politics of feeling

A bibliography on multicultural competency prepared by the American art therapy association

Multiculturism and Mindfulness

How mindfulness may help with perceived discrimination

An article on the cultural context of mindfulness.

Here is another study of how mindfulness may benefit an otherwise excluded community.

A current piece of research on African American women, depression and mindfulness

Ethnic groups, Wellness and Health

report on  black women in the UK and health

a report on African Americans an mental health

report on LGBT-POC microgressions and well being

bell hoks, YAMS

developing a transcultural, not only individual but social approach is important in these non Eurocentric cases. Recommendations include social narrative not just case study

counseling the culturally diverse, theory and Practice. Derald Wing Sue and David Sue

it can be of some use to become familiar with anthropological concerns and approaches, here are some examples.

the American art therapy association has recently revised its ethical statement to include multicultural competency

 

GENDER 

 

Gender roles and Gender role strain in particular when working with disabled populations are primordial considerations.

Some thoughts on gender role strain as enrichment or depletion can be found here 

How men respond to traumatic brain injury and how they perceive their roles can be read about in this article.

Similarly, this website offers tips on how gender may affect rapport between gender groups

 

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