Encountering Silencing: Forms of Oppression in Individuals, Families and Communities

Editor : Michael B. Buchholz, Editor : Aleksandar Dimitrijevic

Encountering Silencing: Forms of Oppression in Individuals, Families and Communities

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  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : April 2024
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 268
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  • Catalogue No : 97597
  • ISBN 13 : 9781800132412
  • ISBN 10 : 1800132417

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Encountering Silencing is an invitation to closely observe the very practices and processes of silencing used by perpetrators of abuse and totalitarian institutions alike. A carefully selected group of contributors reveal the dark side of communication that silences victims, witnesses, and perpetrators: women, religious heretics, gifted children, victims of racism, psychoanalytic dissidents, and psychiatric patients; individuals and groups, total strangers and one’s family members, as well as one own self. All of these forms of silencing are analysed with the help of literature, historiography, interviewing, archival research, and psychoanalytic and family therapy.

This book helps us to face the seemingly inevitable conclusion that silencing is everywhere in our individual and social lives, and that it is the silencing of trauma that leads to mental disorders more than trauma itself. The hope is that by opening up these topics in a considered, containing, and thoughtful way, the underlying mechanisms of trauma-related disorders will be better understood and help victims to overcome them.

Encountering Silencing is the first in a series of three books on this vital but overlooked subject.

Table of Contents

About the editors and contributors

Introduction: silencing the traumatised and hearing silencing
Aleksandar Dimitrijević and Michael B. Buchholz

1. Silencing victims, witnesses, and perpetrators
Michael B. Buchholz, Aleksandar Dimitrijević, and Hans-Christoph Ramm

2. “But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue”: examples of self-silencing in classical and contemporary literature
Aleksandar Dimitrijević and Michael B. Buchholz

3. Traumatic disclosures and failures of listening
Stephen Frosh

4. Racial massacres and silencing in the Deep South
Roger Frie

5. Silencing of female voices in medical history: the silenced girl who cried pain
Babette S. Gekeler

6. Silencing the voices of heretics and other religions
Uta Blohm, Aleksandar Dimitrijević, and Michael B. Buchholz

7. Silence in the classroom: suppressing (gifted) students’ curiosity and creativity
Ana Altaras Dimitrijević

8. Censorship and silencing artistic creativity
Aleksandar Dimitrijević

9. Silencing creative voices in the history of psychoanalysis
Aleksandar Dimitrijević

10. Examples of silencing in the psychotherapy office
Aleksandar Dimitrijević

11. Dream-telling in family therapy sessions: how they can change silencing into hearables
Michael B. Buchholz

12. First-person narratives of madness: the revenge of the silenced
Gail A. Hornstein


About the Editor(s)

Michael B. Buchholz is professor of social psychology at International Psychoanalytic University (IPU), Berlin, Germany. He is a psychologist and social scientist and a fully trained psychoanalyst. He is head of the Doctorate Program at IPU and chair of the social psychological department. He has published more than 20 books and more than 350 scientific papers on topics like analysis of therapeutic metaphors and therapeutic conversation, including the supervisory process, and he has contributed to psychoanalytic treatment technique, theory, and history. Michael has conducted conversation analytic studies on group therapy with sexual offenders about therapeutic "contact scenarios," as well as on therapeutic empathy. His current interest is the study of therapeutic talk-in-interaction using Conversation Analysis.

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Aleksandar Dimitrijevic, PhD, is interim professor of psychoanalysis and clinical psychology at the International Psychoanalytic University, Berlin, Germany. He is a member of the Belgrade Psychoanalytical Society (IPA) and Faculty at the Serbian Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists (EFPP), and the editor or co-editor of ten books or special journal issues, as well as author of many conceptual and empirical papers, about attachment theory and research, psychoanalytic education, psychoanalysis and the arts.

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