What are the legacies of genocide and mass violence for individuals and the social worlds in which they live, and what are the local processes of recovery? Genocide and Mass Violence aims to examine, from a cross-cultural perspective, the effects of mass trauma on multiple levels of a group or society and the recovery processes and sources of resilience. How do particular individuals recall the trauma? How do ongoing reconciliation processes and collective representations of the trauma impact the group? How does the trauma persist in “symptoms”? How are the effects of trauma transmitted across generations in memories, rituals, symptoms, and interpersonal processes? What are local healing resources that aid recovery? To address these issues, this book brings into conversation psychological and medical anthropologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and historians. The theoretical implications of the chapters are examined in detail using several analytic frameworks.
• An examination of genocide and mass violence from multiple perspectives
• Explores the origins and dynamics of trauma with particular focus on understanding the complex local contexts in which social suffering unfolds
"Fascinating, compelling and challenging, Genocide and Mass Violence is terrific for reading and teaching. Trauma is one of the great topics of our age, yet we still do not understand trauma deeply, and its effects are contested and debated. This collection gives us evidence and arguments to help us form our own perspective on mass violence and its long-term consequences. One of the most interesting collections of anthropological essays I have read in years."
Tanya Marie Luhrmann, Stanford University
"This outstanding collection of articles uses cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural approaches to explore the emotional, social and political consequences of mass violence, including community efforts at reconciliation and healing. The collective effort is admirable in many ways, but especially in its grounding of complex psychosocial and political issues in the ethnography of people’s everyday lives."
Douglas W. Hollan, University of California, Los Angeles
"This collection will make the reader uncomfortable and evoke powerful emotions. It compels us to not just contemplate the aftermath of unspeakable violence and blood-chilling events, but to consider the trauma that survivors must contend with as they try to live in the present and build a future. Drs Hinton and Hinton ask us to step outside our comfort zone and imagine the challenges victims of genocide face while trying to regain faith in humanity, trust in social institutions, and develop a sense of security in a troubled world."
Mark Nichter, Regents’ Professor and Professor of Anthropology, Public Health and Family Medicine, The University of Arizona
"Trauma has become a major figure, both psychological and moral, in the contemporary understanding of the consequences of mass violence. It is the great merit of Drs Hinton and Hinton to bring together compelling and insightful case studies from around the world, thus allowing for a pioneering global perspective on the juncture between suffering and memory."
Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor, Institute for Advanced Study