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Healing and Change in the City of Gold

Case Studies of Coping and Support in Johannesburg

Editors: Palmary, Ingrid, Hamber, Brandon, Núñez, Lorena (Eds.)

  • Considers how people manage and respond to their experiences of past and present violence on the individual level
  • Covers a diverse group of people in Johannesburg including migrants, refugees, homeless people, sex workers and former soldiers from across the African continent
  • Adds to the growing literature that critiques overly-medicalized models of trauma and healing
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About this book

This volume collects case studies on the lives of people living in post-apartheid Johannesburg, South Africa. In doing so, it considers how people manage, respond to, narrate and/or silence their experiences of past and present violence, multiple insecurities and precarity in contexts where these experiences take on an everyday continuous character. Taking seriously how context shapes the meaning of violence, the forms of response, and the consequences thereof, the contributing chapter authors use participatory and ethnographic techniques to understand people’s everyday responses to the violence and insecurity they face in contemporary Johannesburg. Each case study documents an example of a strategy of coping and healing and reflects on how this strategy shapes the theory and practice of violence prevention and response. The case studies cover a diversity of groups of people in Johannesburg including migrants, refugees, homeless people, sex workers and former soldiers from across the African continent. Read together, the case studies give us new insights into what it means for these residents to seek support, to cope and to heal challenging the boundaries of what psychologists traditionally consider support mechanisms or interventions for those in distress. They develop a notion of healing that sees it as a process and an outcome that is rooted in the world-view of those who live in the city. Alongside the people’s sense of insecurity is an equally strong sense of optimism, care and a striving for change. It is perhaps not surprising, then, that this book deals very centrally with themes of the struggle for progress, mobility (geographic, material and spiritual), and a sense of possibility and change associated with Johannesburg. Ultimately, the volume argues that coping and healing is both a collective and individual achievement as well as an economic, psychological and material phenomenon. Overall this volume challenges the notion that people can and should seek support primarily from professional, medicalized psychological services and rather demonstrates how the particular support needed is shaped by an understanding of the cause of precarity.

About the authors

Ingrid Palmary is an associate professor at the in the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of the Witwatersrand. Ingrid joined Wits in 2005 after completing her PhD (psychology) at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Prior to joining Wits she worked at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation as a senior researcher. Her research has been in the field of gender, violence and displacement. Professor Brandon Hamber is Director of the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE), an associate site of the United Nations University based at the University of Ulster. He is a Mellon Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the School of Human and Community Development at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He was born in South Africa and currently lives in Belfast. In South Africa he trained as a Clinical Psychologist at the University of the Witwatersrand and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Ulster. Lorena Nunez (Ph.D) is a social anthropologist with specialization in Medical Anthropology. Her earlier work experience was in the field of gender and development as researcher and activist in the women’s movement in Chile in the 1990’s.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Case Studies of Precarious Life in Johannesburg

    Palmary, Ingrid (et al.)

    Pages 1-11

  • The Suitcase Project: Working with Unaccompanied Child Refugees in New Ways

    Clacherty, Glynis

    Pages 13-30

  • Shaping New Spaces: An Alternative Approach to Healing in Current Shelter Interventions for Vulnerable Women in Johannesburg

    Walker, Rebecca (et al.)

    Pages 31-58

  • Violence and Memory in Breaking the Silence of Gukurahundi: A Case Study of the ZAM in Johannesburg, South Africa

    Ndlovu, Duduzile S.

    Pages 59-77

  • Between Remorse and Nostalgia: Haunting Memories of War and the Search for Healing Among Former Zimbabwean Soldiers in Exile in South Africa

    Maringira, Godfrey (et al.)

    Pages 79-100

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-08768-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-08767-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: August 30, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-35383-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Healing and Change in the City of Gold
Book Subtitle
Case Studies of Coping and Support in Johannesburg
Editors
  • Ingrid Palmary
  • Brandon Hamber
  • Lorena Núñez
Series Title
Peace Psychology Book Series
Series Volume
24
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-08768-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-08768-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-08767-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-35383-8
Series ISSN
2197-5779
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 187
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 illustrations in colour
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