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Peace Psychology Book Series

Transforming Societies after Political Violence

Truth, Reconciliation, and Mental Health

Authors: Hamber, Brandon

  • Examines the relationship and interplay between transitional justice, peace psychology, and trauma
  • Looks at how political processes and individual trauma have intersected to become a subject of increasing relevance in the field of psychosocial studies
  • Emphasizes the necessity of meeting the needs of victims of violence and the process of giving public witness to individual hardship
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About this book

It is a momentous day for a nation when war is over or a brutal regime ends. For victims and survivors of political atrocities, it is also a time to process trauma, to anticipate the future, to be heard—and to be healed.

Transforming Societies after Political Violence offers a template for those tasked with providing truth, justice, reconciliation, and healing. This interdisciplinary study identifies complex relationships between recovery from political violence and the psychological processes that accompany widespread social change, showing how these can be integrated to strengthen both individual and society. Author Brandon Hamber draws on his extensive experience in South Africa and comparative examples from elsewhere to examine the centrality of mental health issues in transitional justice, and the social, cultural, and identity issues involved in meeting the needs of victims. In discussing reparations (what the author terms "repairing the irreparable"), the power of ambivalence, and especially concepts of closure, he eloquently sets out professionals’ roles in helping survivors move beyond the toxic past without covering it up or becoming mired in it.

Among the critical areas covered:

  • The vital groundwork that must be made before reconciliation can occur.
  • Creating context-driven approaches to political and social trauma.
  • Assessing truth, documenting the past, and avoiding re-traumatization.
  • The role of mental health professionals in truth commission processes.
  • Survivors as agents for justice, from civic participation to giving public witness.
  • Reparations—symbolic meaning, national value, personal benefits.
  • Promoting reconciliation and preventing further violence.

A work that holds profound insight into the meaning of "doing justice," Transforming Transitional Societies is required reading for social and peace psychologists, as well as students and researchers of conflict and peace studies, transitional justice, and intergroup and international relations.

About the authors

Brandon Hamber, Ph.D. was born in South Africa and currently works in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  He was trained as a clinical psychologist in South Africa and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Ulster. He is the Director of  INCORE (International Conflict Research Institute), an associate site of the United Nations University based at the University of Ulster. He coordinated the Transition and Reconciliation Unit at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation.  He works mainly in the area of violence and trauma, and coordinated the Centre's project focusing on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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From the reviews:

"Hamber brings an acute clinical sensibility and sophisticated research mind to a complex problem: state handling of reconciliation after a catastrophic upheaval. … his main focus in this book is the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) process. … a must read for any psychologist working with trauma survivors, especially postconflict trauma survivors. It calls upon a rich literature–from psychoanalysis … to trial transcripts of commissions; it integrates all these sources to provide a truly unique contribution to the psychology of trauma." (Don Dutton, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 54 (47/3), November, 2009)


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  • ISBN 978-1-4419-2793-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Transforming Societies after Political Violence
Book Subtitle
Truth, Reconciliation, and Mental Health
Authors
Series Title
Peace Psychology Book Series
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-89427-0
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-89427-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-89426-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-2793-4
Series ISSN
2197-5779
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 249
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
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