APT Public Lecture: The Commodification of Trauma and Refugees. Dangers and Therapeutic Implications
West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy
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The proliferation of Severe Forms of Collective Adversity in our world today and the increasing forms of their media suggestive coverage have contributed to turning both trauma and refugees as forms of commodities, which are ‘traded’ in various ways. This commodification, although it is developed very subtly, it tends to have not so subtle effects, and the resulting multiple dangers are considerable. This presentation aims to analyse the complex contingencies that create these situations, and their detrimental impact across a wide range of spheres. Throughout, the focus will be on the therapeutic dimensions and not the socio-cultural ones. Specific themes that will be examined will be the construction of victim identities and the transformational potentialities of such adversities.
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