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Safe-spaces are inclusive groups where American students can live their diversity and experience a secure and collective place, where aggressive speech is forbidden. They are accused of infantilizing minds and weakening the freedom of speech. They are thus at the heart of culture wars. However, the call for protection illustrates how these minorities are still the victims of various forms of oppression. In these transitional spaces, groups and individual identities stand up, and bring their struggle into light. Which history of activism are they coming from and what kind of anxiety are they facing? As a means of regaining control in the face of an experienced hostility, these spaces are a source of appeasement and transformation. Some psychotherapies offer shelter from the world and its projections in order to allow individuals to find their own words and place.


  • Safe-space
  • cultural wars
  • power
  • diversity
  • psychoanalysis
  • hypnosis
Marion Vallet-Armellino
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