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Understanding Vulnerabilities in Contemporary Society

Understanding Vulnerabilities in Contemporary Society
Psychological Insights and Reflections

Edited by:
  • Nandita Babu - Faculty member in the Department of Psychology, University of Delhi, India
  • Anand Prakash - Faculty member in the Department of Psychology, University of Delhi, India
  • Ishita U. Bharadwaj - Faculty member in the Department of Psychology, University of Delhi, India

July 2021 | 356 pages | SAGE India
Understanding Vulnerabilities in Contemporary Society: Psychological Insights and Reflections explores the constructs of ‘vulnerability’, with an aim to move beyond the linguistic and normative appropriation of the word. It does this by uncovering diverse life experiences of varied individuals and communities who have largely remained unseen and unheard. With dynamically transitioning sociocultural circumstances, the boundaries demarcating the included versus the excluded, the accepted versus the unacceptable other, the endeared versus the disparaged continue to multiply. As we struggle with these numerous identities and categories, we are forced to encounter compounded vulnerabilities. The book explores the various ways in which an individual encounters and even embraces vulnerability in order to ensure survival.

To help readers arrive at a broad understanding of the many underlying concerns, the book explores diverse issues such as gender, sexuality, adolescence, child abuse, exploitation, forced migration and homelessness. Based on rigorous empirical work, using traditional and alternative approaches to inquiry, the book provides critical insights for psychosocial and clinical interventions and will especially be of interest to psychologists, therapists and counsellors.
Foreword by Girishwar Misra
Preface and Acknowledgements
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Nandita Babu

Nandita Babu is a professor, Department of Psychology at the University of Delhi. She was awarded the prestigious Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship for her doctoral research in Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. As a Fulbright Visiting Fellow, she has worked as an adjunct faculty in San Diego State University, United States. As a developmental psychologist, she has keen interest in areas such as socio-cognitive development in children, literacy acquisition during early childhood and adolescent psychology. Her passion for and expertise in teaching and research are reflected in her many publications and... More About Author

Anand Prakash

Anand Prakash is a professor of psychology at the University of Delhi, and is currently the Head of the Department of Psychology. His academic career spans four decades. He received the Young Scientist award of the Indian Science Congress Association in 1987 and the Career Award of the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India in 1993. He is a Fulbright-Nehru scholar. He has worked in various committees of Government of India, such as the Expert Institution of Eminence and Special Committee of National Education Policy on Inclusion and Equity of the UGC. He was the chairman of the task force formed by Government of India for... More About Author

Ishita U. Bharadwaj

Ishita U. Bharadwaj is an assistant professor, Department of Psychology at the University of Delhi. With a PhD in existentialism, she is keenly committed to exploring the nuances of qualitative research for understanding the socio-clinical interface around the self and being, gender, psychology of margins, narratives of illness and alternative education. She has been actively engaged in building Manastha, the counselling centre run by the Department of Psychology, University of Delhi. Her recent doctoral supervisions have been in the area of woman and madness, suicide-attempt survivors, psychic pain and healing.  More About Author

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ISBN: 9789391370855