Trauma, memory and representation
Edited by Ivana Macek
To Be Published January 15th 2014 by Routledge
The field of social representations research has—since 1960s—been mostly content with the description of such representations in the context of relatively stable societies. This volume covers new ground in the field as it explores the responses of researchers, educators, students and practitioners to long-term engagement with emotionally demanding material in the realm of mass political violence. The book considers how emotional or empathic knowledge can be used to make work, study, and engagement in this intensely challenging realm less difficult, and thereby to promote research and teaching in the study of the Holocaust, genocide, and mass political violence.
Ivana Macek brings together international contributors from a range of disciplines including social psychology, history, anthropology, sociology and clinical psychology to explore how professionals involved in working with violence deal with the inevitable emotional stress and vicarious trauma experienced. The book considers new theoretical and methodological concepts to explore how one’s emotional reactions to previous experiences can provide protective insights into instances of mass political violence, allowing the professional to better understand and aid their client.
Part I: Lifelong Careers – How Life Forms One's Work, and How One's Work Forms One's Life To Work with the History of the Holocaust. Life in the Trenches: Hope in the Midst of Human Tragedy Part II: To Know, to Hear, and to Tell the Story "When the Story of the Unspeakable Has Been Told a Thousand Times". The Question of Legitimacy in Studying Collective Trauma. Ambiguity and Mutability in Family Stories about the Third Reich. Conscious and Unconscious Dimensions of Working through Trauma Part III: Recognizing and Conceptualizing Trauma – Dealing with Trauma and Using It in One’s Work On Blurriness and Boundaries: Resonance and Distance in the Field. Involuntary Choices, Genocidal Imagery, and Recovering Trust. Research Methodologies in Conflict: Empathic and Psycho-Social Traumatization. Trauma Linkings among Researchers and Teachers.