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Transforming Societies after Political Violence: Truth, Reconciliation, and Mental Health (Peace Psychology Book Series) Hardcover – 26 May 2009

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  • Hardcover: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2009 ed. edition (26 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780387894263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387894263
  • ASIN: 0387894268
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.6 x 23.4 cm
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"Hamber brings an acute clinical sensibility and sophisticated research mind to a complex problem: state handling of reconciliation after a catastrophic upheaval. ... his main focus in this book is the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) process. ... a must read for any psychologist working with trauma survivors, especially postconflict trauma survivors. It calls upon a rich literature-from psychoanalysis ... to trial transcripts of commissions; it integrates all these sources to provide a truly unique contribution to the psychology of trauma." (Don Dutton, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 54 (47/3), November, 2009)


"Treating Transitional Societies" explores the relationship between the individual and the political and social contexts in which victims or survivors of violence find themselves. The book delves into the complex interplay between individual psychological processes and macro-political interventions such as truth commissions. During times of political transition, it is vital that there exists a bridge between what takes place at the national or political level and the personal experience of the victim or survivor of political violence.This is where the work in and around transitional justice processes - undertaken by policymakers, survivors themselves, and those working to assist or support them can be of great benefit. Supporting victims, once they are ready, to be active agents within their environment is critical. In short, the book demonstrates how dealing with the legacy of individual experience of violence and collective processes of peacebuilding can be better integrated to make a lasting peace in societies in transition.

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