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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

“The humane treatment of violence in Lebanon during the war and peace.”

Presented by the researcher Lamia Moughnieh.

After the fall of the Soviet Union towards the end of the last century and the outbreak of several ethnic wars and massacres, the international human organizations started specific psychological programs dealing with the concept of trauma during crisis and wars. This merging of psychology and humanity, which became to be known as “the humane psychology”, radically changed the morals and the international politics of human interference, as in psychology, and provoked specific scientific writings on violence and war casualties.

In Lebanon, humane psychology started its work distinctly during the July war with several programs that tried to observe trauma in the societies that were victims of war, but these programs faced difficulties in finding traumatized bodies and people. After the war the humane psychological programs doubled and started treating other aspects of violence, such as violence against women, prisoners, the police, the urban youth and the refugees. However, the increase in political violence in Lebanon as witnessed in booby trapped cars, political assassinations, suicide bombers, armed aggressions in the streets and the various rockets on the borders, all these seem to remain beyond the power of humane treatment.

 

      This study tries to follow and study the knowledge produced by the psychological humaneness on violence in Lebanon by means of an anthropological study of the psychological humane treatments that the local communities in Lebanon accept sometimes and refuse some times. What are the bodies and places and cultural things and emotions that these treatments define as “violent”, and how do they try to change them so as to become “non-violent”? And how do the local societies themselves deal with daily violence and live with it in Lebanon? 

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