Narrating Trauma: On the Impact of Collective Suffering

1st Edition

Ronald Eyerman, Jeffrey C. Alexander, Elizabeth Butler Breese

Routledge
Published June 30, 2013
Textbook - 336 Pages
ISBN 9781594518874 - CAT# Y223085

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Summary

Through case studies that examine historical and contemporary crises across the world, the contributing writers to this volume explore the cultural and social construction of trauma. How do some events get coded as traumatic and others which seem equally painful and dramatic not? Why do culpable groups often escape being categorised as perpetrators? These are just some of the important questions answered in this collection. Some of the cases analysed include Mao's China, the Holocaust, the Katyn Massacre and the Kosovo trauma. Expanding the pioneering cultural approach to trauma, this book will be of interest to scholars and postgraduate students of sociology.

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