Traumatized Children in Hungary After World War II

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This chapter examines how children’s wartime suffering was culturally constructed in postwar Hungary. Laine-Frigren uses a wide variety of source materials, such as published expert discourse, journalism and ego documents to explore how children’s suffering was interpreted and worked upon in different contexts, how the processes of healing were understood, and what kind of political meanings were attributed to children’s traumas. The particular focus is on the agency of people who did actual practical work with children, such as psychologists, teachers and civil society activists. The chapter suggests a multiplicity of responses to childhood trauma, from abstract and future-oriented policy-talk to teachers and psychologists promoting specific ways of healing such as offering children moments of joy, taking them on nature trips and exploring poetry.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTrauma, Experience and Narrative in Europe after World War II
EditorsVille Kivimäki, Peter Leese
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)9783030846633
ISBN (Print)9783030846626
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in the History of Experience
ISSN (Print)2524-8960
ISSN (Electronic)2524-8979

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  • Publication forum level 3


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