Diversity in Creation: Identity, Race, Sexuality and Indigenous Creativity

By Randolph Bowers.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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This paper reflects theoretically on research in sexual and gender difference in relation to issues of race and identity. Across manifestations of diversity it is observed that issues of identity arise which challenge individuals to come to terms with difference, and to set a course where in they feel empowered to negotiate social environments and to mitigate the politics of difference. The paper explores this theme at the intersections of Metis or Mixed racial identity, two-spirited gender identity, sexual orientation and spiritual/cultural identity from both an autoethnographic and a narrative reflective mode of writing while reflecting on past insights from research studies focused on sexual and gender difference.

Keywords: Sexual Orientation, Race, Gender, Difference, Indigenous, Identity, Theory of Identity, Social Construction of Meaning

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.89-96. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 529.039KB).

Dr. Randolph Bowers

Lecturer, School of Health, Counselling, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia

Dr Randolph Kisiku Greywolf Bowers comes from Nova Scotia, Canada, and identifies with the Mi'Kmaq First Nation and Metis heritage in solidarity with First Nations people. He received a PhD in Counselling and Health from the University of New England (UNE 2002) and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (2005). His Master of Education (Counselling) is from Acadia University (1996). Randolph’s professional certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (CPNLP) is from the late Redge Craig in affiliation with NLP Colorado (1996). He received a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in the Religious Studies and Philosophy from Mount Saint Vincent University (1990). His academic research and teaching interests include study of race, culture, identity, gender and sexuality, and ecology of place. He teaches in the fields of counselling and health from diploma to doctoral levels, as well as in Indigenous studies in counselling at the UNE (www.une.edu.au).

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