• Raluca Soreanu
Part of the Studies in the Psychosocial book series (STIP)


The chapter engages the traumatic voraciousness of the State. The traumatic confusion between life and death is not reserved to individuals and groups, but it extends to institutions, to state structures, and to the State. At times, the State itself ‘eats’ political symbols. The reader meets a voracious State, with an appetite for violence. This State is marked by a traumatic insistence on violence. Importantly, the State is theorised as ‘identified with the aggressor’ and the traumatic quality of its actions are understood psychosocially.


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  • Raluca Soreanu
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  1. 1.Department of Psychosocial StudiesBirkbeck CollegeLondonUK

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