Cultural Trauma and Collective Identity / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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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.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
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About the Author
Jeffrey C. Alexander is Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Sociology Department at Yale University, the author of The Meanings of Social Life: A Cultural Sociology (2003), and the editor of Real Civil Societies (1998). Ron Eyerman is the author of Cultural Trauma: Slavery and the Formation of African American Identity (2001). Bernhard Giesen is the author of Intellectuals and the Nation: Collective Identity in a German Axial Age (1997). Neil J. Smelser is the author of The Social Aspects of Psychoanalysis (California, 1998). Piotr Sztompka is the author of Trust: A Sociological Theory (1999).
Table of Contents
Preface1. Toward a Theory of Cultural Trauma: Jeffrey C. Alexander2. Psychological Trauma and Cultural Trauma: Neil J. Smelser3. Cultural Trauma: Slavery and the Formation of African American Identity: Ron Eyerman4. Triumph and Trauma: Bernhard Giesen5. The Trauma of Social Change: A Case of Postcommunist Societies: Piotr Sztompka6. On the Social Construction of Moral Universals: The "Holocaust" from War Crime to Trauma Drama: Jeffrey C. AlexanderEpilogue: September 11, 2001, as Cultural Trauma: Neil J. SmelserBibliographyIndex