Introduction: Setting the Scene

  • Maria Grazia Guido


This brief introduction describes the context of the research reported in this book and puts forward the issues dealt with in the various chapters: is trauma experienced and narrated in the same ways across languages and cultures? And are trauma experiences and narratives by people of different linguacultural backgrounds expressed in the same ways through English as a ‘lingua franca’ in intercultural communication? The chapter also sets the scene of the analysis of the unequal encounters between Western (Italian) experts in various specialized domains (from legal and medical to religious and cultural/recreational discourse domains) and non-Western (West African) migrants and asylum seekers affected by post-traumatic stress disorders due to past experiences of war and torture, as well as present upsetting events being experienced in the host country.


Migrants’ trauma narratives Unequal encounters Transcultural psychiatry 


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  • Maria Grazia Guido
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  1. 1.University of SalentoLecceItaly

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