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Trauma : a social theory

Author: Jeffrey C Alexander
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Cross-cultural studies
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey C Alexander
ISBN: 9780745649115 0745649114 9780745649122 0745649122
OCLC Number: 769991375
Description: vii, 226 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Cultural trauma : a social theory --
Holocaust and trauma : moral universalism in the West --
Holocaust and trauma : moral restriction in Israel (with Shai M. Dromi) --
Mass murder and trauma : Nanjing and the silence of Maoism (with Rui Gao) --
Partition and trauma : repairing India and Pakistan --
Globalization and trauma : the dream of cosmopolitan peace.
Responsibility: Jeffrey C. Alexander.

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