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War on the couch: the emotionology of the new international security paradigm

Pupavac, Vanessa

Authors

Vanessa Pupavac vanessa.pupavac@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

The emotional state of war-affected populations has become a central concern for international policy-makers over the last decade. Growing interest in war trauma is influenced by contemporary Anglo-American emotionology, or emotional norms, which tends to pathologize ordinary responses to distress, including anger related to survival strategies. The article critically analyzes the ascendancy of a therapeutic security paradigm in international politics, which seeks to explain the prevailing political, economic and social conditions in terms of cycles of emotional dysfunctionalism. The articles contends that international therapeutic governance pathologizes war-affected populations as emotionally dysfunctional and problematizes their right to self-government, leading to extensive external intervention. However, international therapeutic governance may be detrimental to post-war recovery as well legitimizing a denial of self-government.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2004
Journal European Journal of Social Theory
Print ISSN 1368-4310
Electronic ISSN 1368-4310
Publisher SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 2
APA6 Citation Pupavac, V. (2004). War on the couch: the emotionology of the new international security paradigm. European Journal of Social Theory, 7(2), doi:10.1177/1368431004041749
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1368431004041749
Publisher URL http://est.sagepub.com/content/7/2/149.full.pdf+html
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information A final proofed version of this article appeared in the European Journal of Social Theory, 7(2), 2004, 149-170, http://est.sagepub.com/...t/7/2/149.full.pdf+html

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