Academic journal article New Zealand Sociology

Pacific Identities and Wellbeing: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Academic journal article New Zealand Sociology

Pacific Identities and Wellbeing: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

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Agee Margaret Nelson et al. (eds.) (2013) Pacific Identities and Wellbeing: Cross-Cultural Perspectives. Dunedin: Otago University Press.

This collection comprises an introduction, seventeen essays (some new, some older) in four sections, an epilogue and poems by three poets interspersed throughout the text. The Identity section comprises an orienting essay on the importance of ethnic identity for resilience in migrant populations; essays on the experiences of New Zealand-born Pacific identity and an essay on parents' and grandparents' influence on the identity of mixed-descent Pacific people. The Therapeutic Practice section comprises five essays in which health practitioners authors explore the use of various cultural resources and models in therapeutic practice. The Death and Dying section comprises one essay on death in the Pacific and three on death among Maori. The Reflexive Practice section comprises essays on Pacific Indigenous wellbeing; on developing collaborative relationships between school and community, on the development of a psychiatric survivors' group in Fiji and a concluding essay on a Pacific model of supervision in social work. For a critique, see the review by Cluny Macpherson (2014) in Kotuitui 9 (1): 39-41. …

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