Social Suffering

This group intends to broaden the discussion started in the IV Congress of the Portuguese Association of Anthropology (September 2009) on 'Experiencing Social Suffering: its ambiguities and articulations'

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Bibliographic References on Social Suffering 7 Replies

Through a brief research on google, following what Micol said about Kleinman et al, I've found these three books on the subject (same editors, more or less). You can follow the links to give a look…Continue

Tags: social suffering, bibliography, violence

Started by Inês Neto Galvão. Last reply by Ranjan Lekhy Jan 1, 2010.

Buddha, Suffering, and Social Sufferings in our age!

Buddha was the first historical person, who theorized Suffering as the Dharma problem! The essence of his entire teachings is Suffering and Ceases of Suffering! Buddha postulated suffering as the…Continue

Started by Ranjan Lekhy Jan 1, 2010.

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Comment by Inês Neto Galvão on November 2, 2009 at 5:10pm
Under the coordination of Chiara Pussetti and Micol Brazzabeni (both from CRIA/ISCTE-IUL), the working panel reunited under this motto presented papers on a variety of fields - from suicidal terrorism and mass murder in schools, to the disappearing of a rom community in Italy.
We'll hopefully be able to challenge the time restrictions of our first meeting, while prolonging and opening up the dialogue to a broader group.
Please, feel free to join us and start discussions on whatever may be keeping your thoughts busy.
The platform may also be useful for sharing multimedia, bibliographic references, and so on.
Comment by Micol Brazzabeni on November 2, 2009 at 5:31pm
thank you Inês for starting this group.
I think that the congress good explained the variety and complexity of the concept - social suffering - and the complexity of the analysis too.
So I hope that this group could improve our ethnographies and discussions and open to new context of analysis.

Micol Brazzabeni
Comment by Inês Neto Galvão on November 3, 2009 at 12:49am
Your're welcome, Micol. I'm sorry it took me this long. Hopefully we didn't lose all the thrill on it.
About the languages used in the discussion, I've started the group in english but I think we can always open up to other languages. So, beautiful people, feel free to use the language with which you feel more confortable. I'm sure we'll be able to understand each other pretty well :-)

I'm on your side, Micol: hoping that this may be useful to improve both our ethnographic work, and analitical perspectives.
Comment by Joan Uribe on November 3, 2009 at 9:46am
Thanks Ines for the group, and Micol to give us possibility to access. Ines: I accept your "multi languages" proposal! Between portuguese, italian, spanish, there's a confuse but possible way to share communication!

A question: do you know anything working around war, crime and soccial suffering?
Comment by Micol Brazzabeni on November 3, 2009 at 8:14pm
vou então logo passar para o meu portugues.
joan, se já não o conheces, podes ver o texto da Veena Das, Arthur Kleinman, Mamphela Ramphele, Pamela Reynolds (eds.) "violence and subjectivity". é o primeiro, porque é um texto de referência, do que eu me lembro assim rapidamente. esse texto é o segundo, antes saiu o social suffering e o último é o remaking the world. se não me lembro mal ali tu podes encontrar etnografias sobre guerra, crime, violências...
Comment by Stacy A A Hope on November 25, 2009 at 9:48pm
Thanks Micol for listing some works related to social suffering. When I think of the term I am also led to think beyond violence as it pertains to aggression (e.g.). Rather I am left wondering whether we can establish a few working definitions of social suffering, especially as it was presented at the above mentioned conference. May I suggest posting papers for discussion, particularly those from the congress?
I also like the fact that it has been established that we can use a variety of languages. However, I am guessing this is more convenient for those of us who are fluent in the latin languages, as opposed to scandinavian, germanic, etc.

I look forward to participating in discussions, which I hope will be in the near future.
Comment by Inês Neto Galvão on December 8, 2009 at 8:26pm
Thanks Stacy for such an enthusiastic appeal for discussion. I don't know if its possible to post here the papers presented in the congress, but I would reinforce your suggestion as a challenge for the authors who both participated on it and are part of this group ;-)

In few days I'll try to leave here the abstracts of the papers presented...
Comment by Micol Brazzabeni on December 8, 2009 at 8:38pm
Inês and Stacy, I read your suggestion to post here papers of APA Conference.
I really think that it's a good and useful idea, but at the moment we're writing a book with some of these papers and si I think is better to wait.
I'll try to discuss the suggestion with my colleague and in few days I'll give you some answer.
Yes, at the moment we could post the abstracts of the papers; some are in english, some in portuguese...
Comment by Stacy A A Hope on December 8, 2009 at 8:51pm
Ola Ines and Micol! I am quite pleased to hear that my suggestions have not fallen upon deaf ears (or rather blind eyes). I am quite willing to wait on the publication, but I would be eager to read some of the abstracts. At least that will get us talking. I have not used the idea of social suffering in my work, but am quite eager to engage in its discussion. Hence, as someone new to this concept within the anthropological perspective (theory) it was helpful that a few readings were suggested. Therefore, we can not only discuss the abstracts, but maybe a reading that has been suggested in the discussion?? At least we can start there.
I know the end of the year is winding down, so maybe when we all have time we can decide on this instead?

Micol: you should post both the english and portuguese abstracts
Comment by Micol Brazzabeni on December 8, 2009 at 9:06pm
It's true, I had no much time to dedicate to the group (I'm in the fieldwork now) but I'm working to write here some topics of discussion and finally to open the discussion.
I need listening and sharing more and new ideas too about this concept!


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