Cultural Trauma and Collective Identity

Cultural Trauma and Collective Identity

Book Title: Cultural Trauma and Collective Identity

Author: Jeffrey C. Alexander

Format: Paperback | 326 pages

Publication Date: 22 Mar 2004

ISBN-13: 9780520235953

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.