Aside from the many political, cultural and economic aspects of the present refugee crisis in Europe, it is also crucial to consider the psychological element. In our fast-changing world, globalisation, advances in communication technology, fast travel, terrorism and now the refugee crisis make psychoanalytic investigation of the Other a major necessity. Psychoanalyst Vamik Volkan, who left Cyprus for the US as a young man, brings his own experiences as an immigrant to bear on this study of the psychology of immigrants and refugees, and of those who cross paths with them. In Part 1, case examples illustrate the impact of traumatic experiences, group identity issues, and how traumas embedded in the experience of immigrants and refugees can be passed down from one generation to the next. Part 2 focuses on the host countries, considering the evolution of prejudice and how fear of newcomers can affect everything from international politics to the way we behave as individuals.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 142
Weight: 422 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"Throughout his extraordinary career, Vamik Volkan has met with and listened to political leaders, refugees, traumatized groups, families, intellectuals, and ordinary citizens throughout the world. He has gathered a wealth of intimate, textured information about our collective engagement with the irrational, with a focus on the dynamics of large groups and the unconscious origins of ethnic identities in conflict. In this book, he links this perspective with his own experience as an immigrant, his detailed psychoanalysis of individual immigrants, and his clinical study of immigrant families, children and adults. Volkan has a profound understanding of loss, mourning, and the ways the trauma embedded in the immigration experience is passed on to the next generation. The book is a vivid and evocative portrait of immigration and the irrational and developmental sources of prejudice. With his understanding of the origins of hatred of the 'other', Volkan allows us to see through our clouded vision, opening the possibility of actually learning across difference."-- (12/01/2016)
"This is the right book for the right time. Vamik Volkan has dedicated his working life to understanding large-group psychology in order to provide politicians, decision makers and the wider public with knowledge about collective human behavior. The author describes various aspects of the psychology of refugees and immigrants, as well as those of people in host countries who receive them. This book helped me understand better what we are now witnessing in Germany and throughout Europe, and I consider the author's observations and conclusions to be vital to finding ways to deal with this refugee issue constructively. I recommend this book wholeheartedly, not only to psychoanalysts, but to a wider public as well."-- (12/01/2016)