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Professor in Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London

Irene Bruna Seu

Bruna’s main interest is ordinary people’s unresponsiveness to knowledge of human rights abuses. In particular she applies a psychosocial analysis to justifications of moral passivity to understand their relation with racist and prejudiced discourses of groups considered ‘other’. She uses a psychosocial approach to bring together psychological work on altruism and denial, as well as psychodynamic and discursive readings of emotional responses. This work has culminated in the publication of the monograph ‘Passivity Generation; Human Rights and Everyday Morality’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

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