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Trauma, Ethics and the Political beyond PTSD

The Dislocations of the Real


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. Gregory Bistoen
      Pages 1-7
  3. The Biomedical Approach to Trauma and the Ethics of Human Rights

  4. The Dislocations of the Real

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 174-196

About this book


The contemporary psychiatric approach to trauma, encapsulated in the diagnostic category of PTSD, has been criticized for its neglect of the political dimensions involved in the etiology and treatment of trauma. By means of a philosophical and psychoanalytical analysis, the depoliticizing potential of the biomedical approach is tied to a more general 'ethical crisis' in post-traditional societies. Via the work of Lacan, Žižek and Badiou on the act and the event, this book constructs a conceptual framework that revives the ethical and political dimensions of trauma recovery.


Trauma PTSD Ethics Politics Humanitarian Aid Critical Psychology Badiou Lacan Freud Psychoanalysis Act Event Rupture Dislocation the Real i ek ethics Jacques Lacan philosophy politics psychoanalysis psychology trauma

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Ghent UniversityBelgium

About the authors

Gregory Bistoen is a Doctoral Researcher at the Department of Psychoanalysis and Clinical Consulting at Ghent University, Belgium, and a Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst in Private Practice.

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