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Societies 2014, 4(2), 256-264; doi:10.3390/soc4020256

The Touch Pad Body: A Generative Transcultural Digital Device Interrupting Received Ideas and Practices in Aboriginal Health

The Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Northern Territory 0909, Australia
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Received: 2 April 2014 / Revised: 12 May 2014 / Accepted: 20 May 2014 / Published: 27 May 2014
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Yolŋu Aboriginal understandings of the body, health, life and sickness, and roles their ancestral epistemologies and knowledge practices play in making agreement have seldom been taken seriously in the biomedical world. In this paper, we describe how insights developed in three different cross-cultural collaborative transdisciplinary research projects led to the design of a digital device aimed at intervening in communicative practices around body, health, life and sickness, interrupting the received practices and assumptions on both sides of the practitioner-client divide. The interrupting device slows down and opens up communication practices potentially leading to mutual understanding, collective agreement making, and bottom-up changes in remote Aboriginal health policy and practice. View Full-Text
Keywords: Aboriginal; digital; health literacy; health communication; transdisciplinary Aboriginal; digital; health literacy; health communication; transdisciplinary
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Christie, M.; Verran, H. The Touch Pad Body: A Generative Transcultural Digital Device Interrupting Received Ideas and Practices in Aboriginal Health. Societies 2014, 4, 256-264.

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