Chapter 2: The Diogenes Paradigm

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This chapter on The Diogenes Paradigm from Psycho-social Explorations of Trauma, Exclusion and Violence by Christopher Scanlon and John Adlam explores fraught encounters in liminal spaces where out-groups and in-groups collide.

Scanlon and Adlam define the ‘in-group’ as the societal group that defines the boundary line between ‘inside’ and ‘outside’, and the ‘out-group’ as those who are not in a position to identify, describe or explain themselves in their own terms.

The authors offer a tool for the exploration of these psycho-social dynamics that they call the ‘Diogenes Paradigm’. They re-tell the legend of the itinerant vagabond philosopher, Diogenes of Sinope, as representing the predicament of the socially excluded out-group, and of his fraught encounter with Alexander the Great, the embodiment of the might and power of the societal in-group that sets the limits and conditions of engagement.

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1st Edition
Psycho-social Explorations of Trauma, Exclusion and Violence: Un-housed Minds and Inhospitable Environments
USD $42.95 $34.36
February 25, 2022 by Routledge
ISBN: 9780367893316
214 Pages