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Trauma and Memory: Reading, Healing, and Making Law

Austin Sarat, Nadav Davidovitch, and Michal Alberstein


This book 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. Its 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 ... More

Keywords: trauma, group identity, ethnicity, nationality, immigration, public health, gender discrimination, transitional justice, mediation, truth committees

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780804754057
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804754057.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Austin Sarat, editor

Nadav Davidovitch, editor

Michal Alberstein, editor

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Part I Introduction

Chapter 1 Trauma and Memory

Austin Sarat, Nadav Davidovitch, Michal Alberstein

Part II Constitutive Trauma: Cultural Representations and Identities

Chapter 3 Female Trauma

Ariella Azoulay

Part III Trauma and the Professions

Part IV Trauma, Healing, and Forgiveness

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