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Intergenerational transmission of violence in filiation links

Psycho-dynamic and anthropological perspectives of the historical traumatism of slavery on Reunion island

An article written by Émilie FONTAINE, Doctor in Psychology


The objective of this research is to bring a new reflection around the historical trauma of slavery in Reunion and its psychological impact on the local population.

The aim will be to analyse how the Reunionese person reinterprets this history and rebuilds an individual and collective identity through the inheritance between generations and the recollections present in the collective unconscious.

How to apprehend, from a psychodynamic and anthropological perspective, the expression of intergenerational violence in filiation links, and possibly to see the emergence of pathologies associated with them, in the given cultural context and thus to apprehend the subject as a whole , by integrating its historicity.

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Key words: violence, trauma, trans-generational transmission, slavery, filiation


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