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Dimensions of Belonging as an Aspect of Racial-Ethnic-Cultural Identity: An Exploration of Indigenous Australians

Dimensions of Belonging as an Aspect of Racial-Ethnic-Cultural Identity: An Exploration of... Sense of belonging is a key aspect of racial and ethnic identity. Interestingly, there is little exploration of the multiple characteristics of belongingness within the racial and ethnic identity literature. Through individual interviews and a focus group, we explored the sense of racial-ethnic-cultural (REC) belonging among 19 self-identified Black Indigenous Australians (Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders). Using dimensional analysis, we uncovered 5 core interrelated dimensions of REC belonging: History/Memory, Place, and Peoplehood; Sense of Community; Acceptance and Pride; Shared Language and Culture; and Interconnections. We also uncovered 3 main barriers undermining participants’ sense of REC belonging: phenotype, social identity, and history of colonization. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Counseling Psychology American Psychological Association

Dimensions of Belonging as an Aspect of Racial-Ethnic-Cultural Identity: An Exploration of Indigenous Australians

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Publisher
American Psychological Association
Copyright
© 2014 American Psychological Association
ISSN
0022-0167
eISSN
1939-2168
DOI
10.1037/a0037115
pmid
25019545
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Abstract

Sense of belonging is a key aspect of racial and ethnic identity. Interestingly, there is little exploration of the multiple characteristics of belongingness within the racial and ethnic identity literature. Through individual interviews and a focus group, we explored the sense of racial-ethnic-cultural (REC) belonging among 19 self-identified Black Indigenous Australians (Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders). Using dimensional analysis, we uncovered 5 core interrelated dimensions of REC belonging: History/Memory, Place, and Peoplehood; Sense of Community; Acceptance and Pride; Shared Language and Culture; and Interconnections. We also uncovered 3 main barriers undermining participants’ sense of REC belonging: phenotype, social identity, and history of colonization.

Journal

Journal of Counseling PsychologyAmerican Psychological Association

Published: Jul 1, 2014

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