In the know: The pain of the other in torture rehabilitation

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Abstract / Description of output

Grappling with the longstanding philosophical question of how we might know the pain of the other, this essay sheds light on how knowledge of pain caused by violence marks our claims to community. The inquiry is based on ethnographic fieldwork among clinical staff in a torture rehabilitation clinic in Denmark and zooms in on the tangible as well as subtle ways in which their work with victims of torture comes to mark the sociality of the clinic. Ultimately, the chapter asks what it means to know the pain of, in, another body when that form of pain is born out of violence and what this means for the human form of life.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiving with Concepts
Subtitle of host publicationAnthropology in the Grip of Reality
EditorsAndrew Brandel, Marco Motta
PublisherFordham University Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780823294282
ISBN (Print)9780823294268, 9780823294275
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2021

Publication series

NameThinking from Elsewhere
PublisherFordham University Press

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • pain
  • torture
  • therapy
  • community
  • language
  • care
  • ethics
  • trauma
  • violence

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