Culturally informed resilience in conflict settings: A literature review of Sumud in the occupied Palestinian territories
Tribe, R. and Hammad, J. 2020. Culturally informed resilience in conflict settings: A literature review of Sumud in the occupied Palestinian territories. International Review of Psychiatry.
|Authors||Tribe, R. and Hammad, J.|
Investigating culturally specific views and experiences of trauma and resilience can offer new insights that can aid distress management, meaning making, coping and resilience in adverse conditions, and inform emergency and disaster responses. Sumud is a Palestinian cultural construct and component of resilience in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt). Sumud in Arabic refers to steadfastness or perseverance. This literature review focuses on research studies on Sumud in the oPt, with particular attention on the meaning and manifestations of Sumud, the role of non-violent resistance, and how Sumud and non-violent resistance informs resilience and coping in the context of a military occupation, protracted political conflict, and chronic adversity. The peer-reviewed literature was surveyed using the PubMed and PsycINFO databases. The findings indicate how Sumud is a central component of resilience and provides a meta-cognitive framework which Palestinians use to interpret, cope and respond to ongoing injustice and traumatic experiences, engendering a sense of purpose and meaning. It is both a value and an action that manifests via individual and collective action to protect family and community survival, wellbeing, dignity, Palestinian identity and culture, and a determination to remain on the land. The implications of this study and the relevance of the findings to mental health and disaster relief are considered.
|Journal||International Review of Psychiatry|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis for Institute of Psychiatry and Johns Hopkins University|
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|Accepted||09 Mar 2020|
|Deposited||10 Mar 2020|
|Copyright holder||© 2020 Institute of Psychiatry and Johns Hopkins University|
|Copyright information||This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Review of Psychiatry on [date of publication], available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/[Article DOI].|
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