War on the couch: the emotionology of the new international security paradigm

Pupavac, Vanessa (2004) War on the couch: the emotionology of the new international security paradigm. European Journal of Social Theory, 7 (2). pp. 149-170. ISSN 1368-4310

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The emotional state of war-affected populations has become a central concern for international policy-makers over the last decade. Growing interest in war trauma is influenced by contemporary Anglo-American emotionology, or emotional norms, which tends to pathologize ordinary responses to distress, including anger related to survival strategies. The article critically analyzes the ascendancy of a therapeutic security paradigm in international politics, which seeks to explain the prevailing political, economic and social conditions in terms of cycles of emotional dysfunctionalism. The articles contends that international therapeutic governance pathologizes war-affected populations as emotionally dysfunctional and problematizes their right to self-government, leading to extensive external intervention. However, international therapeutic governance may be detrimental to post-war recovery as well legitimizing a denial of self-government.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:A final proofed version of this article appeared in the European Journal of Social Theory, 7(2), 2004, 149-170, http://est.sagepub.com/content/7/2/149.full.pdf+html
Schools/Departments:Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Education > School of Politics and International Relations
ID Code:1400
Deposited By:Pupavac, Dr Vanessa
Deposited On:27 Jan 2012 18:28
Last Modified:27 Jan 2012 18:28

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