Hamlet’s crisis of meaning, mental wellbeing and meaninglessness in the War on Terror

Pupavac, Vanessa (2008) Hamlet’s crisis of meaning, mental wellbeing and meaninglessness in the War on Terror. Mental Health Review Journal, 13 (1). pp. 14-26. ISSN 1361-9322

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Drawing on Shakespeare, and in particular Hamlet's psychological crisis, this paper examines the relationship between emotions and meaning, a key theme in artistic work, but, it is argued, neglected in social psychology. Hamlet's psychological crisis is caused by the storng competing frameworks of meanings, which confronted individuals emerging from traditional society. Conversely the twenty-first century psychological crisis arguably relates to meaninglessness or the weakening of earlier sources of meaning. Studies exploring the crisis of meaning are applied to the War on Terror and international terrorism.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:An earlier version of this paper appeared in the Mental Health Review Journal: Vanessa Pupavac, Hamlet, the state of emotion and the international crisis of meaning, Mental Health Review Journal, 13(1), 2008, 14-26.
Schools/Departments:Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Education > School of Politics and International Relations
ID Code:1395
Deposited By:Pupavac, Dr Vanessa
Deposited On:27 Jan 2012 17:57
Last Modified:27 Jan 2012 17:57

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