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Narrating Trauma

On the Impact of Collective Suffering, 1st Edition

By Ronald Eyerman, Jeffrey C. Alexander, Elizabeth Butler Breese


336 pages

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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.


"The book makes a convincing case that the moral lessons of the last century remain ambiguous and contested."

—Andrew Moravcsik in Foreign Affairs

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General