Jordan, L. S., Seponski, D.M., Hall, J.N., & Bermudez, J.M. (2021). “Hopefully you’ve landed the waka on the shore”: Negotiated spaces in New Zealand’s bicultural mental health system. Transcultural Psychiatry. Advance online https://doi.org/10.1177/13634615211014347
Abstract: The multifaceted context of Aotearoa / New Zealand offers insight into the negotiation of cultural discourses in mental health. There, bicultural practice has emerged as a theoretically rights-based delivery of culturally responsive and aligned therapies. Bicultural practices invite clinicians into spaces between Indigenous and Westernized knowing to negotiate and innovate methods of healing. In this article, we present findings from a qualitative study based on one year of ethnographic fieldwork. Drawing on negotiated spaces theory and critical interactionism, we report results of a situational analysis of interviews conducted with 30 service providers working within the bicultural mental health system. Through iterative map-making, we chart the discursive positions taken in the negotiated spaces between Indigenous and Western lifeworlds. In total, we identified five major positions of negotiated practices within the institutionalized discourses that constitute bicultural mental health. Findings indicate that negotiations from Westernized systems of care have been, at best, superficial and that monoculturalism continues to dominate within the bicultural framework. Implications are made for genuine engagement in the negotiated spaces, so treatment has resonance for clients living in multi-cultural, yet Western-dominant societies.
Jordan, L. S., Anderson, L. A., & Hall, J. N. (2021). Sowing the seeds: Sociocultural resistance in the psychological sciences. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. Advance online https://doi.org/10.1037/cdp0000462
Abstract: Objective: This article problematizes the use of resilience as a psychological and developmental indication of well-being. We base our argument on the possibility that resilience theories internalize responsibility for survival within the individual, and that survival is dependent on the ability to assimilate to injustice. Resistance, on the other hand, represents acts of intentional, active, and often collective survival which can expose and oppose social injustice. Method: Bringing together transdisciplinary scholarship on resistance, we propose a conceptual framework of sociocultural resistance. This framework seeks to forward studies of health that acknowledge the complexity of relationships, culture, and power constitutive of the human condition. Results: We provide examples of sociocultural resistance in the psychological and developmental sciences and suggest the use of diverse theory and methods in the study of resistance. Conclusions: Resistance research is a timely, necessary, and critical turning point in the social sciences with the potential to change unjust systems and promote a nuanced view of health.
Jordan, L. S., Walsdorf, A. A., Roche, K. M., Falusi, O. O. (2021). “I am affected in all ways…”: A phenomenographic analysis of the effects of media reports of family separations at the border. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. Advance online https://doi.org/10.1037/cdp0000416
Jordan, L., S., (2021). Belonging and otherness: The violability and complicity of settler colonial sexual violence. Women & Therapy. Advanced online. https://doi.org/10.1080/02703149.2021.1961434
Abstract: In this article, I problematize sexual violence as a gendered and raced tool of colonial dominance. Though the theoretical framework of settler colonialism, I demonstrate how colonialism in the United States influences current discourse and policy around sexual violence. First, I explore the ways that colonialism positions women as victims and chattel of men. Secondly, I consider why White women who are positioned thusly lean into the male dominance which disenfranchises them, thereby further disenfranchising other-embodied persons. Moving between a historical and contemporary review, I merge empirical and anecdotal evidence to make clear that sexual violence is the rule, not the exception. To conclude, liberation focused therapy and digital feminism is discussed for therapists who wish to confront the colonial forces that obfuscate the conditions under which sexual violence is produced.
Boe, J, & Jordan, L.S., Ellis, E. (2021). #ThemToo?: Exclusionary discourse in the #MeToo era. Women & Therapy.
Abstract: Trans women experience sexual violence at alarming rates; however, due to societal cisnormativity, people often remain unaware of such rates. As digital feminist movements, such as #MeToo, gain momentum, this moment represents an opportune time to illuminate how trans exclusionary discourses may exist in feminist movements. Using transfeminist theory as an analytic tool, we discuss how the #MeToo movement may displace trans women’s bodies allowing for further violence to occur. Through disrupting the phallus as the “source” of sexual violence, we hope to reduce the assumption that trans women are sexual predators. In this call to action, we invite clinicians to take a stance to end transgender oppression and advocate for transformative change.
Roche, K., Walsdorf, A., Jordan, L. S., & Falusi, O.O. (2021). The contemporary anti-immigrant environment and Latinx adolescents’ future orientations: A phenomenographic content analysis. Journal of Child and Family Studies. Advanced online doi: 10.1007/s10826-021-02015-0
Walsdorf, A. A., Jordan, L. S., McGeorge, C. R., & Caughy, M. O. (2020). White supremacy and the web of family science: Implications of the missing spider. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 12(1), 64-79.
Abstract. Family science is at the forefront of understanding the multiple and interconnected risk and protective factors (e.g., poverty vs. wealth, racism and discrimination, privilege) that affect families and the contexts in which they live. In this article, we use the metaphor of spider and web to suggest that family science theorizing is missing an integral piece of the puzzle—the designer of the contexts that have become the field's object of study and intervention (Krieger, 1994). Who or what is this designer? Recognizing that the answer is necessarily complex, we propose a metaphorical spider of insidious influence: White supremacy. Pairing understandings garnered from decades of critical theorizing with a review of the family science literature, we hypothesize about the web of causation and interrogate this culprit. Finally, we offer implications for the consciousness and intentional addition of White supremacy to family science theorizing and methods.
Jordan, L.S., Seponski, D. S., & Armes, S. A. (2019). ‘Oh, it is a special gift you give to me…’: A phenomenological analysis of counsellors in Cambodia. Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 10(2), 146-158. doi:10.1080/21507686.2019.1629470
Boe, J., Jordan, L. S. (2019). A look back to move forward: Expanding queer potentiality in family science. Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis, 8(2). doi: 10.31274/jctp.8204
Jordan, L.S. (2018). “My mind kept creeping back… this relationship can’t last”: Developing self-awareness of monogamous bias. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 30(2), 109-127. doi: 10.1080/08952833.2018.1430459
Jordan, L.S., & Seponski, D. (2018). “Being a therapist doesn’t exclude you from real life”: Family therapist’s beliefs and barriers to political action. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 44(1), 19-31. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12244
Jordan, L.S., & Seponski, D. (2018). Public participation: Moving beyond the four walls of therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 44(1), 5-18. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12240
Seponski, D., Jordan, L.S., (2018). Cross-cultural supervision in international settings: Experiences of foreign supervisors and native supervisees in Cambodia. The Journal of Family Therapy, 40(2), 247-264. doi: 10.1111/1467-6427.12157
Jordan, L. S., Grogan, C., Muruthi, B., & Bermúdez, J. M. (2017). Polyamory: Experiences of power from without, from within, and in between. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 16(1), 1-19.
Richardson, S. Jordan, L.S. (2017). Qualitative inquiry of sibling relationships: reinforcement of disability devaluation through the exclusion of voices. Disability & Society, 32(10), 1534-1554. doi: 10.1080/09687599.2017.1351330
Bermúdez, J. M., Muruthi, B. A., & Jordan, L. S. (2016). Decolonizing research methods for family science: Creating space at the center. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 8(2), 192-206.
Abrams-Muruthi, B.A., Nasis, T., Jordan, L.S., Grogan, C., Mckoy, M., & Farnham, F., (2015). Collaborative therapy approach: Implications for working with Afro-Caribbean families coping with infidelity. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 34(3), 26-43.