Family: Pacific perspectives

Forrest, Lee-Ann and du Preez, Jan ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2077-3524 and Brownlow, Charlotte (2021) Family: Pacific perspectives. Journal of Family Theory and Review. pp. 1-19.


Abstract

Models that conceptualize family are employed by psychologists, governments, legislators, and policymakers to inform professional practice and formulate public policy. However, extant models are notably Western-centric in both origin and context. Given the cultural diversity of today’s globalized world, it is timely to question whether such models can adequately represent populations within their ambit. This paper takes Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems model as one representative way of thinking about family and employs it as the point of contrast with Pacific family arrangements. Particular consideration is given to Indigenous Fijian (iTaukei), Tongan, and Maori perspectives. The model was found to be inadequate for representing Pacific family arrangements. This finding has important implications as it creates a space for new insights and possibilities. To this end, key family-related metaphors common among Pacific peoples have been incorporated to conceptualize one potential alternative.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online: 16 August 2021. Permanent restricted access to ArticleFirst version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 -)
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2021 04:36
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2021 23:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: family models, family processes, family structure
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169905 Studies of Pacific Peoples' Societies
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160806 Social Theory
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441009 Sociology of family and relationships
45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4518 Pacific Peoples society and community > 451824 Pacific Peoples sociology
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520505 Social psychology
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/jftr.12433
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/43706

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