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Philosophical reflections on mothering in trauma

Author: Melissa Burchard
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018.
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Philosophical Reflections on Mothering in Trauma examines the lived experience of mothering children who have been seriously harmed by others. Using an interdisciplinary approach, that employs a feminist phenomenology and an emphasis on narrative theory, this ground-breaking work gives voice to experiences of trauma, and of mothering, not ordinarily heard in philosophical discourses. With a philosophical lens,  Read more...
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Burchard, Melissa.
Philosophical reflections on mothering in trauma.
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018
(DLC) 2018004000
(OCoLC)1012346482
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Melissa Burchard
ISBN: 9781351578455 1351578456 9781351578462 1351578464 9781351578448 1351578448 9781315097893 1315097893
OCLC Number: 1047593243
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; Acknowledgements; Preface: adopting trauma; Introduction; Reflecting on trauma and philosophy; Storytelling and trauma; Storytelling, trauma and philosophy; Trauma and feminist phenomenology; Philosophical issues in trauma; Note; References; PART I: Epistemologies of disorder and trauma; 1. The intelligibility of disorder; The illogic of trauma's logic; Ignorance isn't bliss, but it hurts a lot less; The treacherous landscape of memory; Epistemologies, ignorance, and forgetting; Going on; Notes; References. 2. Narrative knowing, chaos and unspeakabilityRelational knowing; Narrative knowing in sickness and in trauma; Narrative restitution and questing; Chaotic anti-narrative; Unspeakable experience; Chaotic knowing; Co-knowing for survival; What good is chaos?; Note; References; PART II: Moral matters; 3. Moral fragments and ambiguities; Moral luck?; Privileged perceptions; Moral development; Ambiguity; Moral un-saintliness and hate; Caring or control?; Worries, wishes, and hopes; References; 4. Troubled and troubling desires; Wanting: lacking, producing, inclining, evaluating; Wrong desires. On the origins of wrong desiresOn being the object of a wrong desire; Concluding; Notes; References; 5. Philosophical interventions in therapy; Minds, bodies, problems; The "embodied subjectivity" of trauma; Is this what therapy is? Another story; Child abuse, therapy, and "seasoning"; Therapy moves on whether I do or not; Note; References; PART III: Traumatic disfigurements; 6. The monsters are real; Frameworks and discourses: contemporary monster stories; Trope 1: The zombie; Trope 2: The trauma-generated monster; Traumatic disfigurement; Our monsters, our selves; References. 7. Heroic disfigurements: trauma and alienationChildren's stories: trauma and magic; Magical thinking; The contemporary hero: trauma, adolescence and alienation; Notes; References; 8. On the dark side; How big is evil?; Is evil unintelligible?; What does evil deserve?; Evil disfigurements; Theorizing disfigurement; Notes; References; PART IV: Adventures in becoming: theorizing identity in trauma; 9. So do I call you Mom now? Attachment, adoption and identity; Forming identity through attachments; Deliberate construction; What's in a name? Identity, attachment, and the philosophical traditions"Slaves" and "masters"; Look at me, look at me; Being seen as mom; Attach to me, attach to my past; Not in conclusion; Notes; References; 10. Encompassing failure; Lists and other talismans against failure; Living parental failure: when lists are not enough; Grief, transformation and encompassing; Dilemma, the unthinkable and moral distress; Being good enough; Notes; References; 11. Concluding reflections; The trauma is not all we are; Love is not enough; Moving forward; Notes; References; Index.
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Philosophical Reflections on Mothering in Trauma examines the lived experience of mothering children who have been seriously harmed by others. Using an interdisciplinary approach, that employs a feminist phenomenology and an emphasis on narrative theory, this ground-breaking work gives voice to experiences of trauma, and of mothering, not ordinarily heard in philosophical discourses. With a philosophical lens, Melissa Burchard examines the challenges faced by families during the adoption and parenting of abused children. In doing so, Burchard argues that the investigation of traumatic experience poses questions that philosophers must address if we are to improve collective understanding of the human condition. These questions centre around the epistemological implications of traumatic experience, the role of power and privilege in abusive relationships, and the interconnected issues of morality and moral agency in trauma, problematic desires engendered in traumatic circumstances, and therapeutic responses to trauma. The book expresses ways in which mothering wounded children can, if we are deeply engaged and reflective, shift our understandings of what it means to be parents, to be children, to love, to know, to construct a self, to feel desire, to nurture, to coerce, and to live in the ambiguity of not knowing which decisions are right and which are wrong.

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