Remaking a World - Violence, Social Suffering, and Recovery

Remaking a World - Violence, Social Suffering, and Recovery

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Author: Veena Dass
Arthur Kleinman/
Editor: Margret Lock / Mamphela Ramphele / Pamela Reynold
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2002
Language: English
Pages: 294
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195660439


This collection of ethnographies explores how communities make sense of, and cope with, traumatic and other more insidious forms of violence, addressing the effects of violence at the level of local worlds, interpersonal relations and individual lives.

Remaking a World completes a triptych of volumes on social suffering, violence, and recovery. Social Suffering, the first volume, deals with sources and major forms of social adversity, with an emphasis on political violence. The second volume, violence and Subjectivity, contains graphic accounts of how the collective experience of violence alter individual subjectivity.

The contributors highlight the complex relationship between recognition of suffering in the public sphere and experienced suffering in people's everyday lives. Rich in local detail from diverse cultures India, Canada, Thailand, Japan, and South Africa - the book's comparative ethnographies bring out both the recalcitrance of tragedy and the meaning of healing in attempts to remake the world.

This book provides an insight into both the local and the global repercussions of violence, and is essential reading for specialists in political science, sociology, anthropology, history, and media studies. It will also attract those seeking an understanding of collective responses to violence and suffering.




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