Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Coming Home: Restoration After State Violence
by Deligio, Elizabeth, Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2019, 231; 28027672
Abstract (Summary)

For over twenty years, former Commander Jon Burge of the Chicago Police Department used methods of torture to coerce confessions from men and women of color on the South Side of Chicago. With the cooperation of the state’s attorney’s office and the courts, over 100 people of color were sentenced to prison, some even to death row, for crimes they had not committed. This gross violation of state power continued a long history of police, state, institutional, and racialized violence perpetrated against the Black community in Chicago. Engaging a qualitative case study methodology, this research examines how individuals and communities “come home” in the aftermath of stateperpetrated violence. The data collected from an examination of archival materials, interviews, and focus groups revealed four themes: the need to integrate social justice work with psychological work, the need for psycho-social redress of historical harms in the community, the need to acknowledge and engage the ontologies and temporalities that emerge in the wake of violence, and the need to witness the site of rupture caused by state violence as a dialectal opportunity rather than a pathological problem. The research engages psychosocial accompaniment, liberation psychology, and decolonial studies as critical lenses to guide the visioning of a robust, just, and liberatory response from the field of psychology to victims of state and racialized violence.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Watkins, Mary
Commitee: Lipsitz, George, Acosta, Maria
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Depth Psychology with Emphasis in Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, & Ecopsychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 82/1(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Law enforcement, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Decolonization, Memory, Police violence, PTSD, Trauma, Racialized violence
Publication Number: 28027672
ISBN: 9798662473904
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