Trauma and memory: reading, healing, and making law

Michal Alberstein, Nadav Davidovitch, Austin Sarat

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Trauma and Memory explores different dimensions of trauma, both its relationship to the social sphere and to group identity, in order to open up new approaches to trauma from a healing perspective. The book's specific focus is doubly unique: first, because of its interest in the tension between collective and individual trauma (in trauma as socially constructed and related to identities of ethnicity, nationality, gender, and class); and second, because of its interest in the legal and medical professions (in their construction of trauma, their ways of treating it, their failures, and even their production of trauma). Trauma and Memory reflects the ways in which, over the last several decades, a growing interest in the social and cultural contexts of law and medicine has transformed the study of both these professions. The authors provide new readings of social and political phenomena—such as immigration, public health, gender discrimination, and transitional justice—in terms of trauma. Finally, they address the therapeutic dimensions of trauma and their relationship to reconciliation via alternative processes such as mediation, truth committees, and other new forms of justice.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationStanford, Calif
PublisherStanford University Press
Number of pages318
ISBN (Electronic)0804768129
ISBN (Print)0804754055, 9780804754057
StatePublished - 2007

Publication series

NameCultural sitings Trauma and memory
PublisherStanford University Press


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