Many books about refugees focus on their trauma, loss, and victimhood. Refugees are often regarded as problems for governments and social services in the countries where they seek asylum. This unique book presents a very different view. Coupling existential themes with politics and psychology, Political Refugees tells the story of a number of Iranian political refugees, through case studies and through Armin Danesh’s own life story. Danesh has more than three decades of experience of working with refugees who have survived trauma and who continue to work for the causes close to their hearts. All the refugees presented here were politically engaged and suffered as a consequence. In their new home country, however, they not only survived but were reborn and forged new opportunities.
The book demonstrates people's capacity to transform themselves through crisis. The stories told will be invaluable for organizations or individuals who study or work with refugees or anyone who has suffered extreme adversity.
Armin Danesh is a consultant psychotherapist and director of a human rights organization. He worked for over thirty years with refugee families who were either traumatized or facing extreme crisis. His doctoral thesis was about the political refugees’ experiences. As well as teaching phenomenological therapy, Danesh supervises psychotherapists, counsellors, and students. Coupling existential themes with politics and psychology is characteristic of Danesh’s clinical and academic work. He integrates western and eastern philosophical views to shed light on existential issues. Danesh also chairs a mental health charity.
Alison Assiter is a professor of feminist theory at UWE, Bristol. She is a philosopher and has written a number of books on political philosophy, feminist philosophy, and on Kierkegaard. Her two most recent books are A New Theory of Human Rights: New Materialism and Zoroastrianism and Kierkegaard, Eve and Metaphors of Birth. She is an active campaigner on human rights issues, an editor of the journal Feminist Dissent, and has volunteered in an organization for refugees and migrants.