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Realizing Nonviolent Resilience

Neoliberalism, Societal Trauma, and Marginalized Voice

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Edited By Jeremy A. Rinker and Jerry T. Lawler

Current neoliberal social and economic realities have had enormous impacts on the abilities of oppressed groups and marginalized communities to realize resistance and innate resiliencies. How does the ubiquity of neoliberal economic forces exacerbate traumatized populations’ helplessness, and, thereby, influence their inability to grapple with their oppressors and engage in fruitful change solutions? This edited volume asks how nonviolent conflict practitioners might intervene to ‘treat’ traumatized, and often marginalized, populations suspended in the predicament of ‘acting in’ and ‘acting out’ their collective traumas. Treating trauma is an integral aspect of successful peacebuilding work. This work aims to explore the role of trauma in peacebuilding and illuminate the ways that neoliberal marginalization impacts trauma-informed peace work.

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Chapter Three: “It is like we have died, but we are still breathing”: The Trauma of Housing Resettled Refugees Within a Neoliberal Model (Holly Sienkiewicz, Maura Nsonwu, Elizabeth Biddle, Natacha Nikokeza, Paige Moore, and Mary Anne Busch)

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“It is like we havedied, but we are stillbreathing”: The Traumaof Housing ResettledRefugees Within aNeoliberal Model

HOLLY SIENKIEWICZ, MAURA NSONWU, ELIZABETH BIDDLE, NATACHA NIKOKEZA, PAIGE MOORE, AND MARY ANNE BUSCH

The recognition of refugees as globally marginalized populations pervade society, challenging us to acknowledge worldwide suffering and injustice. Mass media compel us to push beyond our epistemological lens, offering new vantage points that depict abhorrent oppression and disregard for humanity – dead bodies of toddlers washing up on beach shores; the mass kidnapping of school girls; child soldiers drugged and forced to kill their parents; over packed boats, spilling with bodies desperate to flee persecution; unearthed graves that hold victims of mass slaughter; and an exodus of migrants from Mexico and Central America yearning for asylum. The world’s refugee, migrant, and internally displaced populations (IPDs) are at unprecedented levels. Statistics from 2017 reflect 44,400 people were forced to leave their home every day, the highest number recorded by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). As of June 2018, UNHCR reported there were 25.9 million refugees in the world, with 19.9 million under their mandate; more than half of these refugees were under 18 years old. Political and social crises in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia have led to unparalleled ←79 | 80→numbers of refugees and displaced populations in these regions. The Syrian Arab Republic, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar, and Somalia comprise the top countries from where refugees flee; the Democratic Republic of the...

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