Surviving on the Edge: Psychosocial Perspectives on Violence and Prejudice in India


Editors: Shobna Sonpa, Neeru Kanwar

9789353283148 | HB | pp. 272 | 2019 | SAGE, YODA Press

Surviving on the Edge looks at family, gender, disability and ethnicity in order to better understand prejudice and social violence.

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Written by psychologists and others using a psychosocial lens, the book looks at family, gender, disability and ethnicity in order to better understand prejudice and social violence. The book includes a range of essays—theoretical, narrative accounts and case studies—which question established assumptions as to how violence relates to categories of gender, family, disability and trauma. It also considers the impact of social violence and possible interventions to address trauma at both the individual and collective levels. The impact of prejudice and violence is on one hand painful and tragic. But on the other, there is abundant evidence of resistance and resilience. Several illuminating examples of work on the ground demonstrate the range of interventions possible.

This book is a valuable addition to the fledgling corpus of work that uses a psychosocial perspective to examine social problems, the impact of these on mental health and the interventions possible.

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About the Editors

Shobna Sonpar is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist based in New Delhi. In addition to her clinical practice, she has helped set up the counselling service at IIT Delhi and the training programme in clinical psychology at Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Her research interests are gender, social justice and violence. She has been involved with projects in Jammu and Kashmir that build capacity for psychosocial support and peace building. She has also undertaken research on militancy in Jammu and Kashmir and on the transformative impact of social programming.

Neeru Kanwar is a practising psychotherapist and counsellor based in New Delhi. Her area of interest is social psychology. While her work has been primarily with persons suffering from anxiety and depression, she has held a particular interest in areas of childhood trauma, sexual abuse, communal conflict and couples’ conflict.


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