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Understanding Vulnerabilities in Contemporary Society
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Understanding Vulnerabilities in Contemporary Society
Psychological Insights and Reflections

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August 2021 | 356 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Understanding Vulnerabilities in Contemporary Society: Psychological Insights and Reflections explores the constructs of ‘vulnerability’, with an aim to move beyond the linguistic and normative appropriation of the word. It does this by uncovering diverse life experiences of varied individuals and communities who have largely remained unseen and unheard. With dynamically transitioning sociocultural circumstances, the boundaries demarcating the included versus the excluded, the accepted versus the unacceptable other, the endeared versus the disparaged continue to multiply. As we struggle with these numerous identities and categories, we are forced to encounter compounded vulnerabilities. The book explores the various ways in which an individual encounters and even embraces vulnerability in order to ensure survival.

To help readers arrive at a broad understanding of the many underlying concerns, the book explores diverse issues such as gender, sexuality, adolescence, child abuse, exploitation, forced migration and homelessness. Based on rigorous empirical work, using traditional and alternative approaches to inquiry, the book provides critical insights for psychosocial and clinical interventions and will especially be of interest to psychologists, therapists and counsellors.
 
Foreword by Girishwar Misra
 
Preface and Acknowledgements
 
Introduction
Pallavi Ramanathan and Nandita Babu
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Revathy Kumar and Sarita Y. Shukla
Growing Up Asian-Indian in USA: Identity Development and Psychosocial Adaptation
Divyani Khurana and Ishita U. Bharadwaj
Mental Health Vulnerabilities of the Third-Gender Community
Ritu Singh and Alka Bajpai
Voicing Vulnerabilities Around ‘Caste’ Stigma: A Qualitative Study
Sujata Satapathy and Rajesh Sagar
Psychological Trauma in Child Sexual Abuse: Withstanding Vulnerability and Nurturing Resilience
Supreet Kaur Bhasin and Ishita U. Bharadwaj
Invulnerable Parkinson’s Caregivers: An Existential Phenomenological Perspective
Rajbir Singh, Lokesh Gupta and Dinesh Chhabra
Positive Deviance: Use of Phenomenon in Vulnerability to Depression
Padmini Ravindra Nath and Chandrika Soni
Women and Work in Post-reform India: Reality of Vulnerability and Exclusion
Annie Baxi
Vulnerabilities of Desire: A Qualitative Study with Indian Housewives
Ishita U. Bharadwaj
Reflections on Psychic Pain around (In)Fertility and ‘Being’ of a Woman
Nandita Babu and Varuni Sethi
The Experience of Vulnerability and Resilience of Adolescent Girls in Slums
Nidhi Prakash
Managing Vulnerabilities of Institution Building and Organizational Change: The Role of Trust
 
Index

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