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Title: 'Culture it's a big term isn't it'? An analysis of child and family health nurses' understandings of culture and intercultural communication
Contributor(s): Grant, Julian (author); Luxford, Yoni  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2011
DOI: 10.5172/hesr.2011.20.1.16
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Abstract: Understandings of culture and multiculture are broad and deeply embedded in every day talk and practices. In an increasingly globalised world, how we understand and work with these terms affects how parents and their families experience health care services and the support intended by health care professionals. This is particularly important for parents who are new to Australia. In this paper we report on findings from an ethnographic study undertaken across two community child and family health nursing sites in South Australia. Using examples, we explore how child and family health nurses appear to understand and use constructs of culture and multiculture during everyday, intercultural communication with parents who are new to Australia and Australian health services. By analysing these understandings through postcolonial and feminist theories we found pervading evidence that neo-colonial constructs of a white western monoculture shaped intercultural communication practice. We conclude by reflecting on how these constructs might be addressed to improve intercultural communication in child and family health settings.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Health Sociology Review, 20(1), p. 16-27
Publisher: eContent Management Pty Ltd
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1839-3551
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 111704 Community Child Health
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920501 Child Health
920210 Nursing
920413 Social Structure and Health
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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