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Semester and Year Offered: Winter semester, 1st year
Course Coordinator and Team: Deepti Sachdev
Email of course coordinator: email@example.com
Aim: Through a focus on the discourses, location and phenomenology of marginality, the course ‘Life at the Margins’ attempts to enable students to move beyond the mainstream psychology of the ‘neuter individual’ to a critical understanding of the self-in-process-in-context, including contexts of life within real and imagined marginalities. Through ethnographic encounters with the margins and a close reading of narratives from the margins, the course will trace the shifting interstices of the psyche-in-class.
Students will be able to discuss how subjectivity can be a useful tool of epistemology and ways in which psychoanalytic perspectives can be used to theorise lived experience
- Students will be able to ask questions concerning power, positionality and representation in ethnographic work with the margins
- Students will be able to conceptualise how clinical work can be taken to the community, outside of the psychoanalytic private clinic, and the challenges involved therein
- Students will be able to appreciate the value of empathic listening skills and tolerance for states of not-knowing in working with the marginalized
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
- Introducing Critical Psychology; its convergences with depth psychology
- The field and its vagaries. Positionality of the researcher- Writing culture and listening to loss.
- Body and the City
- Psychodynamic reflections on gender/class/ caste
- Engaging with the world of the historical survivor
- Identity and Leadership at the Margins
Assessment Details with weights:
- Written assessment: 40 percent
- Group Presentations: 40 percent
- Class participation/Reflections: 20 percent
- Danto, Elizabeth (2005) Freud’s Free Clinics: Psychoanalysis and Social Justice. Columbia University Press, New York.
- Dhar, Anup. (2016) At the Edge of (Critical) Psychology Discourse Unit
- Hook, Derek, (2004) Critical Psychology, UCT Press
- Nandy, Ashis, (1997) Essays in Politics and Culture: At the Edge of Psychology. New Delhi: Oxford University Press
- Das Veena. (1992) (ed.), Mirrors of Violence: Communities, Riots and Survivors in South Asia, p. 69-93. Bombay: Oxford University Press.
- Das Veena (2007) Life and Words: Violence and the Descent into the Ordinary. Oxford University Press: New Delhi.
- Rosaldo, Renato (1989) Culture and Truth: The Remaking of Social Analysis, 1-21 and 46-67.
- Pile, Steve (1996) Body and the City Bodies: Desire and disgust in the flesh (P 173-210)
- Low, Setha (2001) The Egde and the Center: Gated Communities and the Discourse of Urban Fear: Setha M. Low
- Phadke, Shilpa (2009) Why Loiter Dissent and Cultural Resistance in Asias
- Lynne Layton (2006) Psychoanalysis, Class and Politics
- Altman, Neil ( ) Analyst in the Inner City
- Fanon Franz (1959) Black Skin, White Masks
- Lifton, R.J. (1976 ) The life of the Self: Toward a New Psychology. Simon and Schuster: New York.
- Papadopoulos R. K., (2002) Refugees home and trauma in Therapeutic Care for Refugees: No Place Like Home, H Karnac (Books) Ltd., London
- Erikson, Erik (1968) Identity Youth and Crisis. Norton Inc: New York.