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Shared Experiences of Mass Shootings

A Comparative Perspective on the Aftermath, 1st Edition

By Johanna Nurmi


148 pages

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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.

Table of Contents


  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



About the Author

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

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Sociology

This series presents cutting-edge developments and debates within the field of sociology. It provides a broad range of case studies and the latest theoretical perspectives, while covering a variety of topics, theories and issues from around the world. It is not confined to any particular school of thought.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General