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Second-hand emotion?: exploring the contagion and impact of trauma and distress in the asylum law context

Baillot, Helen; Cowen, Sharon; Munro, Vanessa

Authors

Helen Baillot

Sharon Cowen

Vanessa Munro

Abstract

Applicants' accounts of experiences of fear, trauma, violence, and persecution are central to the process of claiming asylum. These narratives are, at a human level, primed to provoke emotional responses, not only in the narrator but also in those to whom the account is relayed. In this article, we explore the vectors of emotionality that permeate asylum decision-making in the United Kingdom, focusing particularly on the risk faced by the professionals involved of suffering vicarious trauma.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Nov 11, 2013
Journal Journal of Law and Society
Print ISSN 0263-323X
Electronic ISSN 0263-323X
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 40
Issue 4
Institution Citation Baillot, H., Cowen, S., & Munro, V. (2013). Second-hand emotion?: exploring the contagion and impact of trauma and distress in the asylum law context. Journal of Law and Society, 40(4), doi:10.1111/j.1467-6478.2013.00639.x
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6478.2013.00639.x
Publisher URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-6478.2013.00639.x/pdf
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0
Additional Information This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: "H. Baillot, S. Cowan and V. E. Munro, Second-hand Emotion? Exploring the Contagion and Impact of Trauma and Distress in the Asylum Law Context, (2013) 40(4) Journal of Law and Society, pp. 509-540" which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wi...-6478.2013.00639.x/pdf. Authors are not required to remove preprints posted prior to acceptance of the submitted version.

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