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Editorial: Special Issue on Children Affected by Armed Conflict: Views from the Global South

Editorial: Special Issue on Children Affected by Armed Conflict: Views from the Global South Blok says somewhere: “We, the children of Russia's terrible years.” Blok meant this in a metaphorical, figurative sense. The children were not children, but the sons, the heirs, the intelligentsia, and the terrors were not terrible but sent from above, apocalyptic; that's quite different. Now the metaphorical has become literal, children are children and the terrors are terrible, and there you have the difference . Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago , , p.431 This is the second of a two part special issue on children affected by armed conflict: views from the global south. In this part we focus on psychosocial intervention. From its inception, psychoanalysis has been concerned with the emotional life of children and the powerful effects of external experience on their internal lives and future development (Freud, , , ; Herman, ). As the newly formed psychoanalytic community developed its practice in Europe, the first generation analysts found that when working with communities facing adversity, such as the urban slums of Berlin and Vienna, attention paid to the internal lives of their patients had to occur within the context of their practical experiences. These analysts pioneered programs that addressed the internal lives of patients within the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies Wiley

Editorial: Special Issue on Children Affected by Armed Conflict: Views from the Global South

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
ISSN
1742-3341
eISSN
1556-9187
DOI
10.1002/aps.1322
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Abstract

Blok says somewhere: “We, the children of Russia's terrible years.” Blok meant this in a metaphorical, figurative sense. The children were not children, but the sons, the heirs, the intelligentsia, and the terrors were not terrible but sent from above, apocalyptic; that's quite different. Now the metaphorical has become literal, children are children and the terrors are terrible, and there you have the difference . Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago , , p.431 This is the second of a two part special issue on children affected by armed conflict: views from the global south. In this part we focus on psychosocial intervention. From its inception, psychoanalysis has been concerned with the emotional life of children and the powerful effects of external experience on their internal lives and future development (Freud, , , ; Herman, ). As the newly formed psychoanalytic community developed its practice in Europe, the first generation analysts found that when working with communities facing adversity, such as the urban slums of Berlin and Vienna, attention paid to the internal lives of their patients had to occur within the context of their practical experiences. These analysts pioneered programs that addressed the internal lives of patients within the

Journal

International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic StudiesWiley

Published: Sep 1, 2012

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