The discussion will include how a sociological perspective contributes to understanding social exclusion and its affects on aboriginal mental illness. Evan Willis as cited in Germov, suggests that understanding the interrelated cultural, historical, structural and critical factors is the key to the sociological pursuit. A historical and cultural awareness involves examining how the past and culture impact upon a current health situation.
These acts of social and political organisation have strong sociological resonance that should centrally inform sociological inquiry in Australia. Yet Indigenous knowledges are peripheral to the discipline of sociology. To redress the problematic racial dynamics of sociological theory and practice, Associate Professor Butler convened the first Indigenous Sociology for Social Impact Workshop at the University of Newcastle, Ourimbah campus, on Darkinjung land.
Held on OctoberProfessor Butler invited Indigenous and non-Indigenous sociologists from different parts of Australia to consider gaps and opportunities in addressing the ongoing impact of colonialism in our theories, methods and practice.
I also include reflections by Associate Professor Butler about the outcomes from the workshop. I end with a set of questions that emerged from the workshop that we should now face as a discipline in order to centre Indigenous knowledges and methods in sociology.
While sociology has a strong social justice focus, our discipline does not draw on the activism and knowledge of Aboriginal human rights campaigns and research methods in a significant and centralised manner. Similarly, while Australian sociology has a strong focus on gender perspectives, our work is firmly concerned with Western gender relations, without adequately addressing racial justice.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academics, community workers, service providers and justice advocates have a holistic approach to gender, race human rights, and all other sociological issues. See also anthropologist and geographer Professor Marcia Langton AMwho has contributed to various government and not-for-profit organisations, including serving on the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.
Pat Anderson AOchair of the Lowitja Institute and human rights campaigner, heads the Referendum Council that has published national consultation on Indigenous sovereignty and constitutional reform.
These and many other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have shaped community, social policies and national action, showing the intractable connection between racial justice, gender inequality and other forms of social oppression.
From this long-standing tradition, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers such as Associate Professor Butler have long worked to rectify the colonial gaze in sociology.
Non-Aboriginal sociologists focus on written texts that exclude Indigenous people, ignoring oral traditions and seeking to mediate Indigenous experiences through White authority.
Participants included senior academics, casual teaching staff, applied researchers, refugee advocates and academics who have shaped social policy see the list of attendees at the end.
She showed how this cultural trauma goes beyond anxiety and post-traumatic stress, as it also affects immunity, bodily practices and emotional wellbeing. She argued the damage of forced removal and assimilation should be central to all research, service delivery and health practices.
The group then discussed how sociological approaches have historically and to the present-day centred on socio-economics, specifically class analyses, but ignore race dynamics and Indigenous perspectives. She has analysed the topics covered in higher education sociology courses around Australia, and finds that there is almost no focus on Indigenous scholarship, and that there is little attention to race in central sociology teaching.
She argued this is one of the ways in which we see how sociology actively participates in an exclusively Western framing of social issues.
We discussed that sociology as a discipline actively perpetuates colonialism in the citing conventions, theories and methods we continue to pass on to students. A Oxford edition above even uses what appears to be an uncredited Aboriginal artwork on the cover. We continue to teach and use Durkheim as an example of the sociological imaginationbut we fail to engage with a critical race reading of his colonial understanding of Aboriginal kinship and religiosity.
Workshop participants discussed other instances they have experienced or participated in as students, educators and practitioners where Indigenous knowledges are silenced in sociology. Western colonial practices are embedded into the way in which we learn, research and reflect on what it means to do sociology.
We discussed how scholars who are Aboriginal will acknowledge their Aboriginal culture in their theses, research papers and other works. We noted this is also common amongst race scholars who are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.Identify and analyse key themes and problems in the sociology of education and key sociological concepts applied in the field of education; 2.
Apply the concept of "sociological imagination" to a range of educational issues;. Identify and analyse key themes and problems in the sociology of education and key sociological concepts applied in the field of education; 2. Apply the concept of "sociological imagination" to a range of educational issues;.
The Sociological Imagination and the Concepts of the Sociological Enterprise to Aboriginal Health and Illness. 1, words. 4 pages. Sociological Imagination as Presented in the Modern Family TV Show. 1, words. 2 pages.
Sociological Imagination. 2, words. 6 pages. This essay will describe the "sociological imagination" and then apply the concepts of the sociological enterprise to Aboriginal health and illness. The discussion will include how a sociological perspective contributes to understanding social exclusion and its affects on aboriginal mental illness/5(1).
This essay will describe the “sociological imagination” and then apply the concepts of the sociological enterprise to Aboriginal health and illness.
The discussion will include how a sociological perspective contributes to understanding social exclusion and its affects on aboriginal mental illness. Provides an overview of concepts and traditions in sociology, as well as using critical thinking to explore social issues.
for example work, family, health, sport and information technology. Unit content. Module 1 Exploring sociological ideas Topic 1: Sociological imagination: Introduction to sociological perspectives Topic 2: Classical.