Journal article

Challenging Institutional Denial: Psychological Discourse, Therapeutic Culture and Public Inquiries

Katie Wright

Journal of Australian Studies | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

The damaging effects of abuse in childhood were repeatedly emphasised in public hearings and in media coverage of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Testimony from earlier Australian inquiries, which documented widespread experiences of child maltreatment, particularly in institutions, also underscored the ongoing and often intergenerational impact of abuse. Taking institutional child abuse inquiries as a case study, this article examines how psychological and therapeutic concepts have been mobilised politically. It argues that therapeutically oriented and psychologically informed cultural narratives of childhood trauma and its ongoing effects have provi..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (ARC DECRA)


Funding Acknowledgements

Katie Wright is the recipient of an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (ARC DECRA) [DE140100060] "Childhood Maltreatment and Late Modernity: Public Inquiries, Social Justice and Education", 2014-2018.