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The Psychological Impact of the Partition of India

The Psychological Impact of the Partition of India

Edited by:
  • Sanjeev Jain - Professor of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru
  • Alok Sarin - Practising Clinical Psychiatrist, Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research, New Delhi

May 2018 | 260 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

The first of its kind, this book studies the psychological impact of Partition through medical and psychiatric perspectives.

The Partition of India was a partitioning of minds as much as it was a geographical division. But there has been little discussion in mental health discourse on the psychological scars it caused. This book examines the partitioning of human experience and its impact on social life and psychological health. The chapters track, through various approaches, the breakdown of civic life and society during the cataclysmic event, the collapse of medical services, the violence against citizens and the reflection of these events in writings of that era. The book draws attention to the urgent need for a humane understanding of persons with mental illness and psychological distress in the context of their lived history as much as their sociocultural identities and roots.

Narendra Nath Wig
Alok Sarin and Sanjeev Jain
Setting the Stage: The Partition of India and the Silences of Psychiatry
Anirudh Kala and Alok Sarin
The Partitioning of Madness
Sanjeev Jain
Balm and Salve: The Effect of the Partition on Planning and Delivering Health Care
Moushumi Basu
Partitioning of Minds and the Legitimatisation of Difference
Sanjeev Jain
Borderline States and Their Interface with Psychiatry
Tarun K Saint
Writing and Rewriting Partition’s Afterlife: Creative Re-enactments of Historical Trauma
Hina Nandrajog
Refugees of the Partition of India: Trauma and Strategies of Recovery
Anjana Sharma and Gopa Sabharwal
Anger Is a Short Madness
Ayesha Kidwai
“Are We Women Not Citizens?” Mridula Sarabhai’s Social Workers and the Recovery of Abducted Women
Sukeshi Kamra
The Rhetoric of Violence: Cultures of Affect in Resistant Nationalism and the 1947 Partition
Pratima Murthy
Looking Within, Looking Without

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ISBN: 9789352806508