1st Edition

Bearing Witness
Psychoanalytic Work with People Traumatised by Torture and State Violence

ISBN 9781855757967
Published December 31, 2010 by Routledge
200 Pages

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Book Description

This book discusses the kind of mental processing that can free victims from their unspeakable trauma, a trauma that has no framework in time or words with which to express it. It discusses the traumatic scenes that are extreme expressions of historic and political conditions.

Table of Contents

Series Editors’ Preface -- Foreword -- Introduction -- Far Away from Home -- Ambiguity as a defence in extreme trauma -- Routes to the unspeakable: working with victims of torture -- Social conflicts and psychic suffering -- Internal homelessness -- The post-traumatic nightmare: the via regia to unconscious integration? -- The rupture of links in the context of migration: open-mouthed and sewn-mouths -- There where Horror Happens -- The place of compassion in political conflict -- Tell me your story: psychoanalytical trauma psychotherapy in South Africa -- The psychoanalyst: from private witness to public testimony

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