Cultural trauma as a potential symbolic boundary

Alon Lazar, Tal Litvak-Hirsch

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Abstract

Using the case of the Holocaust as a cultural trauma in the Jewish-Israeli context, some insights are suggested as to the ways younger members of collectives view cultural trauma as a symbolic boundary. The findings obtained from three groups of students, each expressing their views on a different facet of the Holocaust as a symbolic boundary, suggest that the major contributing factor that turns cultural trauma into a symbolic boundary is the way in which members of the collective categorize the modes through which others, within and outside the collective, relate to that cultural trauma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-190
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Politics, Culture and Society
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2009

Keywords

  • Cultural trauma
  • Symbolic boundaries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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