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Title: Sexual torture : exploring discourses within one refugee community
Author: Gratton, Jacqueline
ISNI:       0000 0004 2698 5442
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2005
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There is a lack of psychological research concerning how refugee communities in the U.K. make sense of sexual torture perpetrated in their country of origin. In particular, current psychological conceptualisations of emotional distress related to sexual torture betray Western culture's preference for individualising such distress and separating the individual from their community. Discourses are thought to constrain or encourage particular ways of talking and acting and therefore may determine the relationship between survivors of sexual torture and their community. Discourses offer a link between the individual and their community and allow some explorations of cultural and political context which are non Western. Interviews were conducted through an interpreter with 9 members of a Congolese refugee community organisation to explore the discourses they were drawing upon in relation to sexual torture. Foucauldian Discourse Analysis was utilised to identify discourses such as sexual worth, ancestral power, forgetting, God as ultimate power, lawlessness and systematic rape. The implications of these discourses for the relationship between the community and survivors of sexual torture were explored, as where the implications for psychologists in their work with both survivors and refugee communities.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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