1st Edition

Indigenous Research into Mainstream Australian Culture Shifting the Lens

By Lorraine Muller Copyright 2024
    206 Pages
    by Routledge

    206 Pages
    by Routledge

    Informed by original ground-breaking research, this book “shifts the lens” of study, identifying how Indigenous Australian values and principles have influenced and contributed to an evolving non-Indigenous mainstream Australian culture. Based on the Indigenous principle of respect, Muller presents a solid research framework to break down the barriers of social differences in a culturally safe space.

    The text offers an insight into the cultural aspects of modern Australian society that contributed to its globally acclaimed handling of the current coronavirus pandemic. During the preparation for dealing with the pandemic, Muller’s research was validated as the world witnessed the Australian culture undergoing major change, shifting away from the original colonialist culture based on individuality and social stratification, to a community collective-based culture. It will be a valuable read for scholars in the area of community and allied health, humanities, social policy, social sciences and political studies. People seeking alternative lifestyles, a decolonised future and social change will also find this book useful.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons [Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND)] 4.0 license.

    1. Introduction

    2. Culture and Identity: Who are ‘We and Us’?

    3. Opportunities at the Cultural Interface [Methodology]

    4. Decolonisation, a Framework for Research

    5. Mainstream Yarning

    6. Meaning of Common Language: Respect the Law - Respect Is Law

    7. Intercultural Decolonisation in Practice

    8. Knowledge Gained

    9. Healing and Hope

    10. Australian Culture: Under Construction


    Lorraine Muller is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the College Medicine and Dentistry at James Cook University, Australia. She is Indigenous Australian and her areas of expertise are Indigenous Australian knowledges and practices, and non-Indigenous mainstream Australian culture having extensively studied the values and principles that construct both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian cultural identities.