1st Edition

Class, Trauma, Identity Psychosocial Encounters

By Giorgos Bithymitris Copyright 2023
    336 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book is a dialectic and multi-perspective examination of classed traumas in late modernity. The primary anchoring question is whether and how class becomes a condition of possibility for coping with traumas. What does it mean to experience deindustrialization, crises, or domestic violence from a specific class position? Do the coping mechanisms differ along the lines of class, gender, race, age, or ethnicity?

    The text negotiates such questions, travelling back and forth from psychoanalysis to sociology and from the global to the local, while critically engaging with memories, narratives, and myths engraved into social and personal histories. Through a dialogic quest for what is silenced, and what is salient within oral, written, and visual testimonies, it foregrounds what the upper classes prefer to neglect: the traumatizing core of the new class divide. Rather than idealizing or vilifying the dominated, this study calls for an exploration of practices, narrations, and spaces whereby alienation and integration co-exist antagonistically, producing hybrid and fragmented, but also potentially transformative, subjectivities.

    This book will be of interest to scholars of humanities and social sciences, primarily for those studying social stratification and inequalities, sociology of emotions, identity theory, trauma and memory, political psychoanalysis, labour history, and ethnography.


    1. The dialectics of identification I

    2. The dialectics of identification II

    3. On class and trauma

    4. Classed traumas in global and national contexts

    5. A topography of traumas

    6. From sameness to alterity

    7. The many

    8. The one

    9. Conclusions


    Giorgos Bithymitris is a Researcher at the Institute of Social Research, National Centre for Social Research (EKKE) in Greece, with expertise in the fields of social stratification and trade union research. His current research interest focuses on the social and cultural components of classed subjectivities and their political implications. His most recent publications include The (im)possibility of class identity: Reflections on a case of failed right-wing hegemony (2021), and Mind the Gaps: The Class Dynamics of the Greek Parliamentary Elite (2022).