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Critical Trauma Studies"Understanding Violence, Conflict and Memory in Everyday Life"$
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Monica J. Casper and Eric Wertheimer

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479896561

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479896561.001.0001

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Trauma Is as Trauma Does

Trauma Is as Trauma Does

The Politics of Affect in Catastrophic Times

(p.19) 2 Trauma Is as Trauma Does
Critical Trauma Studies

Maurice E. stevens

NYU Press

This chapter asks theorists and activists involved in trauma research and community engagement to consider how their theorizing and work about trauma and with individuals and communities defined as ‘traumatized,’ is implicated in a troubling bio-politics. It suggests that ideas of trauma do not simply describe disruptive events and their effects, but that they actually define the limits of these events and function to make their subjects. In the end, it urges traumatists to pay attention to the constraints and possibilities that emerge from their application of the rubric of trauma.

Keywords:   Critical trauma theory, Embodiment, Affect, Memory management, Temporality

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