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Words and Wounds : Narratives of Exile - Sean Akerman

Words and Wounds

Narratives of Exile

Hardcover Available: 1st September 2019
ISBN: 9780190851712
Number Of Pages: 200

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In this study of exile, Sean Akerman chronicles the ways in which narrative approaches provide opportunities to understand and represent the lives of those who have been displaced after violence. Drawing on fieldwork he conducted with Tibetan exiles in New York City, and supplemented with archival research from other exiles around the world, Akerman investigates how narrative approaches can reveal what it's like to embody historical tensions, how identity becomes contested within displaced groups, and how personal stories can impact on political realities.

The book also engages with the ethics of research practices more generally. How does a researcher write in a way that does justice to displaced lives while working within a scientific framework? What sort of ethics are at stake as one spends long hours interviewing an informant, and then interprets that person's stories? The exploration of narrative approaches then becomes a way to imagine new possibilities of representation and call attention to the limitations and power dynamics within the discipline of psychology.

In light of massive upheavals and displacements all over the world, Words and Wounds provides a timely consideration of how to understand and chronicle one of the most pressing issues of this age.

ISBN: 9780190851712
ISBN-10: 0190851716
Series: Explorations in Narrative Psychology
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Available: 1st September 2019
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41

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