Most research in the field of attachment is on the experiences of attachment, separation and loss, and their developmental course and effects. This book widens our vision to the public domain, to consider the ways in which social institutions, culture and social policy may diminish our ability to make and maintain secure attachments. It argues that collective human security depends in part on the quality of attachments amongst individuals, a quality which, in turn, is conditioned by the structures of public life. The book invites its readers to reflect on those social processes that put our security at risk and to explore the prospects for enabling change.
Introduction -- The Basic Principles of Attachment Theory -- The social construction of the human brain -- The Connections between Public Life and Personal Attachment -- Attachment and loss of community -- Labour to love -- Unsettling policies: unanticipated consequences for migrant Afro-Caribbean families -- Seeking asylum: the struggle for a new secure base -- Compassion deficit disorder? The impact of consuming culture on children’s relationships -- Primitive justice: who pays the price? -- Strategies for Enabling Change -- Human security and conflict -- Enabling change