Studies in the Psychosocial

Passivity Generation

Human Rights and Everyday Morality

Authors: Seu, Irene Bruna

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The book applies a unique mix of psychosocial methods to understand the complexity of emotional, cognitive and ideological responses to human rights violations and examines the banal quality of the everyday vocabularies that people use to make sense of human rights and their violations, and justify not intervening. In Passivity Generation, Irene Bruna Seu offers a vivid and compassionate account of how past experiences of trauma and suffering affect individual (un)responsiveness, and explores the psychodynamics of passivity and its underpinning defence mechanisms.

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Irene Bruna Seu is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, UK, and a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. Her books include Who am I? The Self and the Ego in Psychoanalysis and Feminism and Psychotherapy: Reflections on Contemporary Theory and Practice (co-editor). Her main research interests are human rights, social responsibility and helping behaviour, gender, and psychoanalysis, reflecting an intellectual interest in Western culture and values, and a political commitment to the attainment of a just society.

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'Seu's nuanced discussion of the widespread borrowing by participants of vocabularies or scripts from other contexts, the complex interaction of such scripts (the 'web of passivity'), and the psychological defence mechanisms used to sustain them, is both perceptive and breaks new ground.' - Journal of Human Rights Practice


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Passivity Generation
Book Subtitle
Human Rights and Everyday Morality
Authors
Series Title
Studies in the Psychosocial
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-30503-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137305039
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-30502-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-45467-9
Series ISSN
2662-2629
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 252
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