Borderline Experiences of Exile, from “No Place” to Shelter

By Olivier Douville

The clinic of the effects of exile finds a theoretical and practical consistency because it details the effects of the displacement, beyond the usual considerations formerly prestigious on the interculturality, in the following triple dimension: – The knotting between subject and place; – The effects of exile in the generation; – The relationship of the migrant to institutional frameworks. Based on a clinical narrative, in the context of a psychiatric team specialized in “psychiatry-precariousness”, the author gives an account of the tear of exile, not only as a possible trauma, but as an opportunity for a reinvention of the subject’s relationship to his or her identity and otherness. The study will be made of what this so particular exile provokes as a point of catastrophe in the relations of the subject to space and time and to the objects contained in these moments of catastrophe of space and time. Lines of research that question the use of the notion of trauma will be explored as well as a seizure of what is invented and recreated as a localization of the experiences of cultural ruptures in these paths of exile.

  • anthropology
  • asylum
  • exile (clinic of the)
  • out-of-place
  • refugees
  • trauma
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