The Burden of Heritage: Hauntings of Intergenerational Trauma on Black Lives

Author(s) : Aileen Alleyne

The Burden of Heritage: Hauntings of Intergenerational Trauma on Black Lives

Book Details

  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : July 2022
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 240
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  • Catalogue No : 96150
  • ISBN 13 : 9781913494247
  • ISBN 10 : 1913494241
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This book is a crucial and timely addition to the ever-present subject of Inter- and Transgenerational Trauma. It charts the modes of transmission of black ancestral trauma passed down the generations and highlights the psychological impacts on black people's sense of identity and selfhood. It also explores the unheeded dimensions of both individual and collective identity trauma, and pays particular attention to black identity wounding, shame, and cultural enmeshment issues. In this book, the author represents the idea of "the Internal Oppressor" that inhibits self-belief and potential. Alleyne suggests that this formidable enemy within is the first port of call in breaking the cycle of generational trauma. It is an insightful and educational resource for understanding historical trauma transmissions, replete with tools and theoretical handles for managing present day problems that inhibit back black people's individuation and actualising processes.

About the Author(s)

Dr Aileen Alleyne is a UKCP registered psychodynamic psychotherapist, clinical supervisor and organisational consultant in private practice. She is a visiting lecturer at training institutions and a consultant on race and cultural diversity in organisations, such as the NHS, Social Services, Education, and the Police Services. Her clinical research examining black workers' experiences in three UK statutory bodies, namely, the NHS, Education and Social Services, makes a significant contribution to the discourse on racism as a living trauma. Highlighting the concept of 'the internal oppressor', her work offers ways of deepening understanding of black psychological reactions to the wounding impact of racism. Aileen is the author of several book chapters and journal papers exploring themes on black/white dynamics, shame and identity wounding, and working with issues of Difference and Diversity in the workplace.

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