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    Passivity generation: human rights and everyday morality

    Seu, Irene Bruna (2013) Passivity generation: human rights and everyday morality. Studies in the Psychosocial. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137305022.

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    Book synopsis: 'If only people knew, they would do something.' Every day we see evidence that, when it comes to human rights violations, knowledge is not a guarantee for action. What stops people from doing more to protect human rights? What factors generate passivity or are we simply a passive generation? Passivity Generation addresses these important questions and reports on a series of studies exploring what happens to the knowledge related to human rights violations when it reaches the public. The book applies a unique mix of psychosocial methods to understand the complexity of emotional, cognitive and ideological responses to human rights violations and examines the banal quality of the everyday vocabularies that people use to make sense of human rights and their violations, and justify not intervening. In Passivity Generation, Irene Bruna Seu offers a vivid and compassionate account of how past experiences of trauma and suffering affect individual (un)responsiveness, and explores the psychodynamics of passivity and its underpinning defence mechanisms.


    Item Type: Book
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Psychology, Psychoanalysis, Counselling and Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic Approaches, Psychosocial Studies
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics (MAMSIE), Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2015 17:26
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:15


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