Exploring Cultural Identities
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In this text, Okeke Azu-Okeke draws on his own experience as the first and only Black trainee in an Institute for Group Analysis in London and the impact this has had on his work as a lecturer and supervisor, as well as research from his group analysis sessions over many years to contribute a deeper awareness of the serious aspects of colonialism. From the perspective of an Igbo man of the older generation, who grew up in two conflicting cultures: the traditional Igbo culture of Nigeria and that of the British colonialists, Okeke provides a thorough study of how cultural identity can influence research and practice in whatever form it takes: that is the academic, the theoretical, the economic and the psychological, and discusses how ignoring deeply held social and spiritual values can alienate many trainees and potential clients from participating in the professions of psychotherapy and counselling. The book also reflects on the author's research into traditional Igbo methods of healing and compares these with Western models, especially of group analysis, and discusses how mutual learning can be achieved.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 159 x 235mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138827029
  • 9781138827028

About Okeke Azu-okeke

Okeke Azu-Okeke has an MA in intercultural and group analysis from Goldsmiths University, London, UK, and is currently studying as a doctoral researcher there. He has wide experience as a mental health professional in radical NHS centres such as the Henderson Hospital Surrey, the Aro Centre Nigeria, and as a group analytic psychotherapist, teacher, supervisor and innovator.show more

Table of contents

1. Introduction: My Search for an Identity 2. The Troubled Birth of Nigeria: Being an Exile in My Own Land 3. Culture, Identity and Language: Exploring my Identity as a Group Analyst and Igbo Man 4. West African Writers as Role Models for Maintaining Respect for Igbo Culture and Traditions 5. Talking to My Peers: The Importance of Shared Experience 6. Two Cultures: One Identity: Reflections on My Attempts to Bring Together Experiences from Two Conflicting Cultures 7. Becoming an Intercultural Group Psychotherapist 8. Bringing it All Together: What Next for Intercultural Psychotherapyshow more