Passivity Generation

Human Rights and Everyday Morality

  • Irene Bruna Seu

Part of the Studies in the Psychosocial book series (STIP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Irene Bruna Seu
    Pages 1-8
  3. Irene Bruna Seu
    Pages 98-129
  4. Irene Bruna Seu
    Pages 130-156
  5. Irene Bruna Seu
    Pages 191-215
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 216-252

About this book


The book applies a unique mix of psychosocial methods to understand the complexity of emotional, cognitive and ideological responses to human rights violations and examines the banal quality of the everyday vocabularies that people use to make sense of human rights and their violations, and justify not intervening. In Passivity Generation, Irene Bruna Seu offers a vivid and compassionate account of how past experiences of trauma and suffering affect individual (un)responsiveness, and explores the psychodynamics of passivity and its underpinning defence mechanisms.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Irene Bruna Seu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychosocial StudiesBirkbeck, University of LondonUK

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