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Studies in the Psychosocial

Working-through Collective Wounds

Trauma, Denial, Recognition in the Brazilian Uprising

Authors: Soreanu, Raluca

  • Formulates a theory of collective trauma and a theory of recognition
  • Discusses how collectives mourn through protest
  • Builds on the trauma theory of psychoanalyst Sándor Ferenczi and his idea of the ‘confusion of tongues’
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Working-through Collective Wounds discusses how collectives mourn and create symbols. It challenges ideas of the irrational and destructive crowd, and examines how complicated scenes of working-through traumas take place in the streets and squares of cities, in times of protest. Drawing on insights from the trauma theory of psychoanalyst Sándor Ferenczi and his idea of the ‘confusion of tongues’, the book engages the confusions between different registers of the social that entrap people in the scene of trauma and bind them in alienation and submission. Raluca Soreanu proposes a trauma theory and a theory of recognition that start from a psychoanalytic understanding of fragmented psyches and trace the social life of psychic fragments. The book builds on psychosocial vignettes from the Brazilian uprising of 2013. It will be of great interest to psychoanalysts interested in collective phenomena, psychosocial studies scholars and social theorists working on theories of recognition and theories of trauma.

About the authors

Raluca Soreanu is Wellcome Trust Fellow at the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. She is a practising psychoanalyst, associate member of the Círculo Psicanalítico do Rio de Janeiro and of the Instituto de Estudos da Complexidade, Brazil. She has published on psychoanalytic theory, psychosocial studies and the sociology of creativity. 

Reviews

“This is a highly unusual and compelling account of Sándor Ferenczi’s metapsychology, and its potential for understanding how a crowd is able to think, act and direct itself in an act of healing, even under the threat of extreme violence. Raluca Soreanu offers us an analysis of the Brazilian uprisings of 2013 that completely transforms our assumptions about the meaning of collective protest and its relation to collective trauma. Street protest as a political formation emerges … as creative in highly precise ways, and … she produces a unique way of understanding what can preserve life in situations in which extreme violence rips through the social body. … Soreanu shows how a ‘wounded’ crowd can mourn in an organized way, even when there is no central organizing body that directs the protest from within. Offering us a new psychosocial theory of collective trauma, mourning and recovery, it is nothing short of brilliant.” (Lisa Baraitser, Birkbeck, University of London, UK)


“In times that call for resistance to resurgent political authoritarianism, finding ways to establish democratic spaces for association and solidarity are of the utmost importance. Drawing on the psychoanalytic ideas of Sándor Ferenczi, now re-emerging as a powerful theorist of trauma, and locating her thinking in relation to the actualities of the 2013 Brazilian street protests, Raluca Soreanu explores issues of violence, memory, mourning and recognition in their personal and social configurations. This book is poetic and scholarly, innovatively combining psychoanalytic and social ‘voices’ to offer new routes through to collective action.” (Stephen Frosh, Birkbeck, University of London)

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eBook 74,96 €
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Hardcover 93,59 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-58522-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Working-through Collective Wounds
Book Subtitle
Trauma, Denial, Recognition in the Brazilian Uprising
Authors
Series Title
Studies in the Psychosocial
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58523-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58523-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58522-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 247
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