The Assassination of Theo van Gogh: From Social Drama to Cultural Trauma

The Assassination of Theo van Gogh: From Social Drama to Cultural Trauma

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The Assassination of Theo van Gogh: From Social Drama to Cultural Trauma by Ron Eyerman

In November 2004, the controversial Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was killed on a busy street in Amsterdam. A twenty-six-year-old Dutch citizen of Moroccan descent shot van Gogh, slit his throat, and pinned a five-page indictment of Western society to his body. The murder set off a series of reactions, including arson against Muslim schools and mosques. In The Assassination of Theo van Gogh, Ron Eyerman explores the multiple meanings of the murder and the different reactions it elicited: from the mass media, the Amsterdam-based artistic and intellectual subculture, the wider Dutch public, the local and international Muslim communities, the radical Islamic movement, and the broader international community.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822343875
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Publication date: 08/28/2008
Series: Politics, History, and Culture
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Ron Eyerman is Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University. He is the author of Cultural Trauma: Slavery and the Formation of African American Identity and Between Culture and Politics: Intellectuals in Modern Society; a co-author of Music and Social Movements: Mobilizing Traditions in the Twentieth Century; and a co-editor of Myth, Meaning, and Performance: Toward a New Cultural Sociology of the Arts.

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