Renos K. Papadopoulos clearly and sensitively explores the experiences of people who reluctantly abandon their homes, searching for safer lives elsewhere, and provides a detailed guide to the complex experiences of involuntary dislocation.

Involuntary Dislocation: Home, Trauma, Resilience, and Adversity-Activated Development identifies involuntary dislocation as a distinct phenomenon, challenging existing assumptions and established positions, and explores its linguistic, historical, and cultural contexts. Papadopoulos elaborates on key themes including home, identity, nostalgic disorientation, the victim, and trauma, providing an in-depth understanding of each contributing factor whilst emphasising the human experience throughout. The book concludes by articulating an approach to conceptualising and working with people who have experienced adversities engendered by involuntary dislocation, and with a reflection on the language of repair and renewal.

Involuntary Dislocation will be a compassionate and comprehensive guide for psychotherapists, clinical psychologists, counsellors, and other professionals working with people who have experienced displacement. It will also be important reading for anyone wishing to understand the psychosocial impact of extreme adversity.

chapter |4 pages


part Part I|85 pages

The context – prolegomena

chapter Chapter 1|30 pages

The epistemological cycle

chapter Chapter 2|18 pages

Involuntary dislocation

chapter Chapter 3|19 pages

Historical and language reflections

chapter Chapter 4|16 pages

Public tragedies and polymorphous helplessness

part Part II|157 pages

Key themes

chapter Chapter 5|25 pages


chapter Chapter 6|21 pages


chapter Chapter 7|31 pages

Nostalgic disorientation

chapter Chapter 8|36 pages

The victim

chapter Chapter 9|42 pages


part Part III|44 pages

Engaging with involuntary dislocation

chapter Chapter 10|42 pages

Involuntary dislocation adversities

chapter |4 pages


Synergic Therapeutic Complexity and being therapeutic