Wounds of History takes a new view in psychoanalysis using a trans-generational and social/political/cultural model looking at trauma and its transmission. The view is radical in looking beyond maternal dyads and Oedipal triangles and in its portrayal of a multi-generational world that is no longer hierarchical. This look allows for greater clinical creativity for conceptualizing and treating human suffering, situating healing in expanding circles of witnessing.
The contributors to this volume look at inherited personal trauma involving legacies of war, genocide, slavery, political persecution, forced migration/unwelcomed immigration and the way attachment and connection is disrupted, traumatized and ultimately longing for repair and reconnection.
The book addresses several themes such as the ethical/social turn in psychoanalysis; the repetition of resilience and wounds and the repair of these wounds; the complexity of attachment in the aftermath of trauma, and the move towards social justice. In their contributions, the authors remain close to the human stories.
Wounds of History will be of interest to psychoanalysts, psychologists and other mental health professionals, as well as students or teachers of trauma studies, Jewish and gender studies and studies of genocide.
Jill Salberg, Ph.D., ABPP, is a clinical adjunct associate professor of psychology, faculty member and clinical consultant/supervisor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, faculty and supervisor at the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies and the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. Sue Grand, PhD, is a clinical adjunct associate professor of psychology, faculty and clinical consultant/supervisor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and faculty at the trauma program at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, The Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Psychoanalysis and the couples and family program at the New York University Postdoctoral program in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.
Acknowledgements Contributor's Bios Editor's Introduction Section I: Massive Trauma: Attachment Ruptured, Attachment Repaired Introduction 1. Listening to My Mother's Testimony 2. Arrival At Auschwitz: Traumatic Rupture and Empathic Containment in the Joint Narrative of a Mother and a Daughter who Survived the Holocaust Together 3. The Rhythm of Resilience: A Deep Ecology of Entangled Relationality 4. The Texture of Traumatic Attachment: Presence and Ghostly Absence in Trans-Generational Transmission Section II: Repetitions of Violence, Antidotes to War Introduction 5. Has Sexuality Anything to Do with War Trauma?: Intergenerational Transmission and the Homosexual Imaginary 6. Repairing an Immigrant Chinese Family's "Box of Terrible Things" 7. Judith Alpert, Ph.D." Enduring Mothers, Enduring Knowledge: On Rape and History Section III: Persecution and Otherness: Different Subjectivities and the Restoration of Trust Introduction 8. Collectively Creating Conditions for Emergence 9. Trauma and Recovery: A legacy of Political Persecution and Activism Across Three Generations 10. In the Shadow of terror: An intergenerational tale of growing up in the old left 11. Disavowed Fragments of the Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma From Slavery Among African Americans