Beyond the accolades : a postcolonial critique of the foundations of the Ottawa Charter

McPhail-Bell, Karen & Fredericks, Bronwyn L. (2013) Beyond the accolades : a postcolonial critique of the foundations of the Ottawa Charter. In World Conference on Health Promotion, 25-29 August 2013, Pattaya, Thailand. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This presentation provides an overview of our work recently published paper in Global Health Promotion, which re-examined the production of the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion. In the presentation, I provide an overview of the way we used critical discourse analysis from a postcolonial standpoint. Our analysis shows that the discourse informing the development of the Ottawa Charter strongly reflected Western/colonizer centric worldviews, and actively silenced the possibility of countervailing Indigenous and developing country voices. We question whether the genesis of the Ottawa Charter lives up to its own principles of practice. We conclude that reflexive practice is crucial to health promotion, which ought to include a preparedness for health promotion to more critically acknowledge its own history.

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ID Code: 62453
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: No
Additional Information: Associate Professor Mark Brough was a co-author of the paper I was presenting at this conference.
Keywords: Health promotion, Ottawa Charter, Postcolonial, Critical discourse analysis
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health Promotion (111712)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 [The Author]
Deposited On: 13 Sep 2013 02:07
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2013 02:07

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