Retrieving psychosocial signs of structural violence in postcolonial Jamaica

Bell, D. ORCID: 0000-0001-9133-4927, 2016. Retrieving psychosocial signs of structural violence in postcolonial Jamaica. Community Psychology in Global Perspective, 2 (2), pp. 114-126. ISSN 2421-2113

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Physical and psychological assaults on group life wound not only community wellbeing but also individual subject formation, altering the way people think, feel, and act. In this paper, reference is made to an emblematic human rights violation in (post)colonial Jamaica in which at least 76 civilians were killed by the state. In an oral history project, 26 inner city community residents who survived state violence and endured collective trauma memorialize loved ones lost but they do not break historical silences about the meaning of the event. In order to retrieve psychosocial signs of structural violence I use diacritical hermeneutics as an analytic tool and interpretive method to describe possible meanings of oral history participants' speech and silences. This approach is proposed as a method through which community psychologists may, along with participants, mobilize unarticulated experiences and latent meanings of social suffering. Knowledge generated by such interpretive methodologies may support diagnoses of social suffering leading to the development of praxes that promote healing and, ultimately, the restoration of community wellbeing.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Community Psychology in Global Perspective
Creators: Bell, D.
Publisher: Universita del Salento Publishing (ESE)
Date: October 2016
Volume: 2
Number: 2
ISSN: 2421-2113
Rights: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribuzione - Non commerciale - Non opere derivate 3.0 Italia License.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 18 Jun 2019 14:48
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2019 14:49
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