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Beyond the accolades: A postcolonial c ritique of the foundations of the Ottawa Charter . Presenters: Karen McPhail-Bell Professor Bronwyn Fredericks Acknowledgements: Dr Mark Brough (co-Author) Dr Chelsea Bond Institute for Urban Indigenous Health

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beyond the accolades a postcolonial c ritique of the foundations of the ottawa charter

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

Presenters:

Karen McPhail-Bell

Professor Bronwyn Fredericks

Acknowledgements:

Dr Mark Brough (co-Author)

Dr Chelsea Bond

Institute for Urban Indigenous Health

Queensland University of Technology

the ottawa charter the bible for health promotion workers
The Ottawa Charter: The “Bible” for health promotion workers?
  • PhD positioning
  • Significance of Ottawa Charter

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methods and approach
Methods and approach
  • Postcolonial standpoint
  • Critical discourse analysis
  • 6 papers, 5 themes (provided by WHO)
  • Conference

organisation

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6 background papers
6 background papers
  • Strengthening Communities (England)
  • Creating Environments for Health (Canada)
  • Learning and Coping (France)
  • Reorienting Health Services (Italy)
  • Reorienting Health Services (Denmark)
  • Building Healthy Public Policies: Focus for a New Public Health (U.S.A.)
colonial context of the ottawa conference
Colonial context of the Ottawa Conference
  • Western/colonizer centric worldviews, e.g.
    • “The conference was primarily a response to growing expectations for a new public health movement around the world. Discussions focused on the needs of industrialized countries, but took into account similar concerns in all other regions”
  • Contradicts Ottawa Charter as

progressing the Alma Ata

agenda?

normalisation of a western view of health
Normalisation of a Western view of health
  • Language: Collective view of humanity and health
  • Membership categories: United identity versus distinguished
  • Hybrid space:
    • Marginalised become central yet excluded objects
    • Western “we” and non-Western “other”:
  • “Interpretive repertoires”
    • Normalised Western

individualistic neo-liberal

assumptions

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exclusionary tactics regarding non western views
Exclusionary tactics regarding non-Western views
  • Stories that mattered from wealthy industrialised nations
  • Camouflage the hierarchical global order of power
  • Positive HP positioning normalised intervening onto weak/powerless ‘other’
  • Ambivalence – ‘colonial

mimicry’

  • Exclusion of developing

nations and Indigenous

people

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conclusion so what
Conclusion… so what?
  • Reflexive practice crucial to health promotion – including history
  • Applied HP’s intention for HFA to HP’s development process
  • Further consideration & action to practice health promotion’s own principles and values on itself
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