1st Edition

Shared Experiences of Mass Shootings A Comparative Perspective on the Aftermath

By Johanna Nurmi Copyright 2018
    158 Pages
    by Routledge

    158 Pages
    by Routledge

    Mass violence and terrorism are a salient phenomenon in the late modern society, showing no sign of decline. Proactive results from the long, ongoing debate of how to address these issues are therefore increasingly necessary – not just in the context of prevention, but also in the context of the aftermath.

    Shared Experiences of Mass Shootings develops an understanding of the collective experience, consequences and recovery processes after mass shootings. Drawing from in-depth case studies of two mass shootings in Finland and comparing them with other international cases, it explores how communities work through violent tragedies employing social memory and memorialization practices that can be seen as either tools for recovery, or as something that needs to be restricted.

    Contributing a novel understanding of how experiencing mass violence is deeply gendered through the social patterns and narratives of men’s and women’s emotions, this timely monograph will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as postdoctoral researchers, interested in fields such as: Sociology of Violence, Criminology, Social Work, Memory Studies, Media Studies and Cultural Trauma.


    1. Mass Shootings: Global Reasons and Consequences

    2. Stories of Grief, Strength, and Communities

    3. Chaotic Death: Evil, Fear, and Exclusion

    4. The Gendered Experience of Mass Shootings

    5. Memorialization: Practices of Solidarity and Conflict



    Johanna Nurmi is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Turku, Finland