Chapter 1. Introduction.- Chapter 2. Between Knowledge and Action: Multidisciplinary Frames and the Psychosocial.- Chapter 3. The Web of Passivity: Everyday Morality and the Banality of a Clear Conscience.- Chapter 4. The Public and NGOs - Neutralisation and Denial in Response to Human Rights Appeals.- Chapter 5. Us and Them.- Chapter 6. Identities, Biographies and Invested Narratives.- Chapter 7. A Plea for Emotional Complexity: Conflicts and (Psycho)dynamic Equilibria.- Chapter 8. Conclusions.
The book applies a unique mix of psychosocial methods to understand the complexity of emotional, cognitive and ideological responses to human rights violations and examines the banal quality of the everyday vocabularies that people use to make sense of human rights and their violations, and justify not intervening. In Passivity Generation, Irene Bruna Seu offers a vivid and compassionate account of how past experiences of trauma and suffering affect individual (un)responsiveness, and explores the psychodynamics of passivity and its underpinning defence mechanisms.