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Emotional Abuse and Other Psychic Harms: Invisible Wounds and Their Histories


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Marion Allsopp maps the emergence of a powerful psycho-social idea out of its historical and social circumstances, as the concept of injury or trauma has moved, over the twentieth century, from the description of a physical, visible lesion to a more abstract, psychic harm - often thought of as an 'invisible wound'. She looks at examples of this 'inward turn' in different academic, professional and administrative contexts in the Anglophone world: US psychiatry; UK tort law; Child Protection and the psychological/psychotherapeutic world of attachment theory, both of which span the Atlantic. How have 'psy' academics and professionals, with all their varied theories and techniques of intervention, contributed to the making of new ideas about an injured inner space? How have they explored the psychic interior; what are the emerging fields of knowledge and political conditions which facilitated the growth of this problem category of psychic harm, creating new claims to injury and new forms of state and non-state power? This mapping is not a description of a march towards some inexorable truth. On the contrary, by showing the ideas ' historical or contingent nature, it questions the inevitability of our 21st century present, in which the concept of psychological harm is so pervasive and taken for granted.

About the Author

Marian Allsopp worked as a journalist and economist before having children. In the 1980s she was a family therapist and systems consultant in the adolescent ward of the Warneford Hospital, Oxford, UK. She took a research post in the early 1990s at Nottingham University, UK, looking at social workers' attitudes to risk. From 1997-2003 she was a part-time Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, UK, and she received a PhD from the Sociology Department of the London School of Economics in 2009.

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Preface and Acknowledgements


Invisible Wounds

Suffering From Nerves: The Management of Subjectivity in PTSD

Negligently Inflicted Psychiatric Illness or Nervous Shock

The Emotional Abuse of Children: An Inward Turn

The Heart of All Harm: The Emotional Abuse Literature: 1980 - 2006

Attachment: An 'Internalised Something' and the Natural World

Risk and Resilience: Attachment at the Turn of the Century




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Allsopp, Marian
Palgrave MacMillan
Psychopathology - Anxieties & Phobias
Psychotherapy - General
Social Psychology
Psychology-Mood Disorders and Depression
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8.5 x 5.43 in

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