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Trauma: A Social Theory / Edition 1
     

Trauma: A Social Theory / Edition 1

by Jeffrey C. Alexander
 

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ISBN-10: 0745649122

ISBN-13: 9780745649122

Pub. Date: 07/24/2012

Publisher: Wiley

In this book Jeffrey C. Alexander develops an original social theory of trauma and uses it to carry out a series of empirical investigations into social suffering around the globe.

Alexander argues that traumas are not merely psychological but collective experiences, and that trauma work plays a key role in defining the origins and outcomes of critical social

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In this book Jeffrey C. Alexander develops an original social theory of trauma and uses it to carry out a series of empirical investigations into social suffering around the globe.

Alexander argues that traumas are not merely psychological but collective experiences, and that trauma work plays a key role in defining the origins and outcomes of critical social conflicts. He outlines a model of trauma work that relates interests of carrier groups, competing narrative identifications of victim and perpetrator, utopian and dystopian proposals for trauma resolution, the performative power of constructed events, and the distribution of organizational resources.

Alexander explores these processes in richly textured case studies of cultural-trauma origins and effects, from the universalism of the Holocaust to the particularism of the Israeli right, from postcolonial battles over the Partition of India and Pakistan to the invisibility of the Rape of Nanjing in Maoist China. In a particularly controversial chapter, Alexander describes the idealizing discourse of globalization as a trauma-response to the Cold War.

Contemporary societies have often been described as more concerned with the past than the future, more with tragedy than progress. In Trauma: A Social Theory, Alexander explains why.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745649122
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/24/2012
Pages:
180
Sales rank:
380,308
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
Introduction
Chapter 1. Cultural Trauma: A Social Theory
Chapter 2. Holocaust and Trauma: Moral Universalism in the West
Chapter 3. Holocaust and Trauma: Moral Restriction in Israel (with Shai Dromi)
Chapter 4. Massacre and Trauma: Nanjing and the Silence of Maoism (with Rui Gao)
Chapter 5. Partition and Trauma: Repairing India and Pakistan
Chapter 6. Globalization and Trauma: The Dream of Cosmopolitan Peace
Bibliography
Notes

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