The Resource Trauma : a social theory, Jeffrey C. Alexander

Trauma : a social theory, Jeffrey C. Alexander

Label
Trauma : a social theory
Title
Trauma
Title remainder
a social theory
Statement of responsibility
Jeffrey C. Alexander
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 post-colonial 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. -- Back cover
Cataloging source
NLM
Dewey number
155.935
Index
index present
LC call number
BF789.D5
LC item number
A39 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2012 G-479
  • WM 172.5
Label
Trauma : a social theory, Jeffrey C. Alexander
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 207-221) and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • RICHMOND
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
000395292
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
vii, 226, [6] pages
Isbn
9780745649115
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2012472484
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
u264643
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 000395292
  • (OCoLC)769991375

Library Locations

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