Psychiatry, Politics and PTSD: Breaking Down
Integrating critical and feminist psychology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis, this text offers a distinct perspective on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a clinical and social phenomenon. Providing a new way of thinking about PTSD and an alternative to both critics and defenders of the diagnosis, this text will be useful for scholars and practitioners in psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis, and public health policy.
Hard Knocks: Domestic Violence and the Psychology of Storytelling
Hard Knocks draws on interviews carried out over a period of eight years, as well as novels, films, and domestic violence literature, to explain the role of storytelling in the history of the battered women’s movement. The book shows how cultural contexts shape how stories about domestic abuse get told, and offers critical tools for bringing psychology into discussions of group dynamics in the domestic violence field. In attending to narrative dynamics in the history of domestic violence work, Hard Knocks presents a radical re-reading of the contribution of psychology to feminist interventions and activism.
Pillar of Salt: Gender, Memory, and the Perils of Looking Back
Pillar of Salt introduces the controversy over recollections of childhood sexual abuse as the window onto a much broader field of ideas concerning memory, storytelling, and the psychology of women. The book moves beyond the poles of “true” and “false” memories to show how women’s stories reveal layers of gendered and ambiguous meanings, spanning a wide historical, cultural, literary, and clinical landscape.
This book is grounded in the debates of the 1980s and 90s that surrounded recollections of childhood sexual abuse, particularly those that emerged in the context of psychotherapy. In looking back on the volatile and heated recovered memory debate, Memory Matters takes up a set of questions about memory, sexuality, and childhood that still linger. In this volume, the editors make use of current memory scholarship to explore the set of ethical, moral and cultural issues that continue to shape the ways in which memory is conceived in a range of scientific, therapeutic and legal settings.