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Open Access Indigenous Life Stories as Narratives of Health and Resistance: A Dialogical Narrative Analysis Des récits de vie autochtones constituant des récits sur la santé et la résistance : une analyse narrative dialogique

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The Sami people have historically been exposed to severe assimilation processes. The objective of this study was to explore elderly Samis' experiences of health. A total of 19 elderly Sami individuals in Norway were interviewed. This article is a dialogical narrative analysis of the life stories of 3 Sami women. The life stories are perceived as narratives of health and resistance. Postcolonial theory provides a framework for understanding the impact of historical and socioeconomic factors in people's lives and health. Narratives of resistance demonstrate that people are not passive victims of the legacy of colonialism. Resistance is not a passive state but an active process, as is health. Resistance is a resource that should be appreciated by health services, both at a systemic level — for example, through partnership with Indigenous elderly in the planning and shaping of services — and in individual encounters between patients and healthcare providers.

Dans le passé, les Sami ont été exposés à d'importants processus d'assimilation. La présente étude visait à explorer les expériences de personnes âgées sami en matière de santé. Au total, 19 aînés sami vivant en Norvège ont été interviewés. Le présent article constitue une analyse narrative dialogique des récits de vie de trois femmes du peuple sami. Les histoires de vie sont perçues comme des récits sur la santé et la résistance. La théorie postcoloniale procure un cadre pour comprendre l'incidence des facteurs historiques et socio-économiques sur la vie et la santé de ce peuple. Les récits de résistance montrent que les gens ne sont pas des victimes passives de l'héritage du colonialisme. La résistance n'est pas un état passif, mais un processus actif, tout comme la santé. La résistance constitue une ressource dont les services de santé devraient être conscients, tant au niveau systémique, par exemple le partenariat avec les aînés autochtones dans la planification et l'établissement des services, que dans les relations individuelles entre les patients et les fournisseurs de soins de santé.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-06-01

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