Psychoanalysis in Social and Cultural Settings examines the theory and practice of psychoanalysis with patients who have experienced deeply traumatic experiences through war, forced migrations, atrocities and other social and cultural dislocations.

The book is divided into three main sections covering terrorism, refugees and traumatisation, with another two focusing specifically on transcultural issues regarding establishing psychoanalysis in China and on research related to themes outlined in the book. Major key psychoanalytic themes run through the work, focusing on identity and the self, fundamentalism, resilience, dehumanisation, cultural differences and enactment.

Offering key theory and clinical guidance for working with highly traumatised patients, this book will be essential for all psychoanalysts and therapists working with victims of terrorism, war and other deeply traumatic life events.

part I|76 pages

Social terror

chapter 1|4 pages

Terror and mourning in Norway

chapter 2|13 pages

Psychoanalysis and the situation of refugees

A human rights perspective 1

chapter 3|19 pages

Genocide and ethnic cleansing

Psychoanalytic and social-psychological viewpoints 1

chapter 5|20 pages

Fundamentalist mindset 1

part II|82 pages

The situation of refugees

chapter 6|15 pages

Our relations to refugees

Between compassion and dehumanisation 1

chapter 7|31 pages

The present past

Extreme traumatisation and psychotherapy 1

chapter 9|14 pages

Psychoanalysis with the traumatised patient

Helping to survive extreme experiences and complicated loss 1

part III|46 pages


chapter 10|22 pages

When dreaming doesn't work

Traumatic dreams, anxiety and the capacity to symbolise

chapter 11|22 pages

“The essay method”

A qualitative method for studying therapeutic dialogues 1 , 2

part IV|40 pages

Psychoanalysis in China

chapter 13|21 pages

Western-Eastern differences in habits and ways of thinking

The influence on understanding and teaching psychoanalytic therapy 1