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Surviving on the Edge

Surviving on the Edge
Psychosocial Perspectives on Violence and Prejudice in India

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March 2019 | 272 pages | SAGE YODA Press

Written by psychologists and others using a psychosocial lens, Surviving on the Edge looks at family, gender, disability and ethnicity in order to better understand prejudice and social violence. The book includes a range of essays—theoretical, narrative accounts and case studies—which question established assumptions as to how violence relates to categories of gender, family, disability and trauma. It also considers the impact of social violence and possible interventions to address trauma at both the individual and collective levels. The impact of prejudice and violence is on one hand painful and tragic. But on the other, there is abundant evidence of resistance and resilience. Several illuminating examples of work on the ground demonstrate the range of interventions possible. This book is a valuable addition to the fledgling corpus of work that uses a psychosocial perspective to examine social problems, the impact of these on mental health and the interventions possible.

Dr Vimala Lal
A Tribute to
Part I: Violence and Prejudices: Mapping the Landscape
Deepti Priya Mehrotra
Beyond the Stereotypes of ‘Masculine’ Violence and ‘Feminine’ Silence
Nimmi Hutnik
Women and Violence
Chaitali Dasgupta
Youth Gangs and Violence: Subordinated Adolescents’ Road to Alternative Masculinity
Shobna Sonpar
Psychologists in Times of Nationalism
Western Selves Eastern Selves Didi Contractor
Nimmi Hutnik
Threatened Indian Identities
Maliha Raza
Intimate Terrors, Ultimate Hopes
Neeru Kanwar
Religion, Prejudice and Attitudinal Change
Harsh Mander
The Lesson from Mental Hospitals: Unlearning Neglectful and Discriminating Practices
Anita Ghai
Dis(ABLED): An Invisible Minority
Rachana Johri
Worrying about the Family
Part II: Impact and Intervention
Renee Singh
Working Systematically with Family Violence
Gayatri Marjara, Satya Pillai, Seema Prakash and Frank Zurmuehlen
Reducing Violence in People with Mental Disorders
Renos K Papadopoulas
Terrorism and Psychological Trauma: Psychosocial Perspectives
Jose Parappully
Transforming Trauma into Gift: Spirituality, Religious Belief and the Search for Meaning
Madhu Sarin
Trauma and Psychoanalysis
Rajat Mitra
Terror, Trauma and Transformation
Sanjay Kumar
A Child’s Act
Mahamaya Navlakha and Kanika Sinha
In Giving We Received: Working with Survivors of the Gujarat Carnage
Shobna Sonpar
Psychosocial Interventions in Conflict Situations

Shobna Sonpar

Shobna Sonpar is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist based in New Delhi. In addition to her clinical practice, she has helped set up the counselling service at IIT Delhi and the training programme in clinical psychology at Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Her research interests are gender, social justice and violence. She has been involved with projects in Jammu and Kashmir that build capacity for psychosocial support and peace building. She has also undertaken research on militancy in Jammu and Kashmir and on the transformative impact of social programming. More About Author

Neeru Kanwar

Neeru Kanwar is a practising psychotherapist and counsellor based in New Delhi. Her area of interest is social psychology. While her work has been primarily with persons suffering from anxiety and depression, she has held a particular interest in areas of childhood trauma, sexual abuse, communal conflict and couples’ conflict. The overall guiding focus has been development of resilience and compassion in persons attending to social distress. Dr Kanwar is one of the founding members of the Indian Association of Family Therapy.  More About Author

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ISBN: 9789353283148