Psychodynamic Perspectives on Asylum Seekers and the Asylum-Seeking Process: Encountering Well-Founded Fear

1st Edition

Barbara K. Eisold

Routledge
February 5, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 176 Pages
ISBN 9781138354456 - CAT# K399323
Series: Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book Series

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Summary

Psychodynamic Perspectives on Asylum Seekers and the Asylum-Seeking Process looks at the psychosocial assessment of asylum seekers from three perspectives: forensic, psychodynamic, and political and then attempts to better understand, from a psycho-dynamic perspective, differences in the historical/motivational routes of asylum seekers themselves.

Barbara Eisold begins in chapter one by exploring the unique evaluation relationship of psychosocial assessment and the striking will to survive of the asylum seekers that it puts into focus, using a psycho-dynamic lens. Its forensic value and its potential as both a political and a therapeutic tool are then described. Thus, chapter two describes individuals, who, by background and personal characteristics, shared a profound desire to protest, gravely compromising their survival at home forcing them to seek asylum elsewhere. Chapter three discusses women who have suffered female genital mutilation; including the development of strong personal agency in one case. Chapter four describes abused women from Central America forced to flee from femicide. The evolution of femicide is explored, including the development of honor-bound "machismo" and the wide-spread disregard of law. The hold men have on women is then examined from a psychodynamic perspective.

Psychodynamic Perspectives on Asylum Seekers and the Asylum-Seeking Process will be of great interest to psychoanalysts, psychoanalytic psychotherapists and all mental health professionals working with asylum seekers.

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