This book presents the key issues, debates, concepts, approaches, and questions that together define the lives of rural people living in extreme poverty in the aftermath of political violence in a developing country context. Divided into nine chapters, the book addresses issues such as the complexities of human suffering, losing trust, psychic wounds, dealing with post-traumatic stress situations, and disillusionment after change. By building knowledge about human and social suffering in a post-conflict environment, the book counters the objectification of human and social suffering and the moral detachment with which it is associated. In addition, it presents practical ways to help make things better. It discusses new methodological concepts based around empathy and participation to show how the subjective reality of human and social suffering matter. Finally, the book maps a burgeoning field of enquiry based around the need for linking psychosocial approaches with the actual lived experience of individuals and groups.
Dr. Timothy James Bowyer is an independent researcher with more than 30 years expertise working in conflict affected rural areas of Mexico, Central and South America. He was Regional Manager, Latin America for an aid agency responsible for the management and development of long term primary health care programmes for rural communities in developing countries affected by conflict, discrimination and remoteness. He holds an MSc in Development Administration and Planning (University of Bristol) and a PhD focusing on health policy in the Peruvian Andes (Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London). He was formerly Lecturer in International Health at Swansea University, UK (2001-2011), since when he has lectured on the trauma of war and other conflict related issues.