Cultural Trauma and Collective Identity / Edition 1

Cultural Trauma and Collective Identity / Edition 1

by Jeffrey C. Alexander, Bernhard Giesen, Neil J. Smelser
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520235959

ISBN-13: 9780520235953

Pub. Date: 03/22/2004

Publisher: University of California Press


In this collaboratively authored work, five distinguished sociologists develop an ambitious theoretical model of "cultural trauma"—and on this basis build a new understanding of how social groups interact with emotion to create new and binding understandings of social responsibility. Looking at the "meaning making process" as an open-ended social dialogue in

Overview


In this collaboratively authored work, five distinguished sociologists develop an ambitious theoretical model of "cultural trauma"—and on this basis build a new understanding of how social groups interact with emotion to create new and binding understandings of social responsibility. Looking at the "meaning making process" as an open-ended social dialogue in which strikingly different social narratives vie for influence, they outline a strongly constructivist approach to trauma and apply this theoretical model in a series of extensive case studies, including the Nazi Holocaust, slavery in the United States, and September 11, 2001.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520235953
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/22/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents


Preface

1. Toward a Theory of Cultural Trauma: Jeffrey C. Alexander
2. Psychological Trauma and Cultural Trauma: Neil J. Smelser
3. Cultural Trauma: Slavery and the Formation of African American Identity: Ron Eyerman
4. Triumph and Trauma: Bernhard Giesen
5. The Trauma of Social Change: A Case of Postcommunist Societies: Piotr Sztompka
6. On the Social Construction of Moral Universals: The "Holocaust" from War Crime to Trauma Drama: Jeffrey C. Alexander

Epilogue: September 11, 2001, as Cultural Trauma: Neil J. Smelser
Bibliography
Index

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