This volume opens up new ground in the field of social
representations research by focusing on contexts involving mass
violence, rather than on relatively stable societies.
Representations of violence are not only symbolic, but in the first
place affective and bodily, especially when it comes to traumatic
experiences. Exploring the responses of researchers, educators,
students and practitioners to long-term engagement with this
emotionally demanding material, the book considers how empathic
knowledge can make working in this field more bearable and deepen
our understanding of the Holocaust, genocide, war, and mass
political violence. Bringing together international contributors
from a range of disciplines including anthropology, clinical
psychology, history, history of ideas, religious studies, social
psychology, and sociology, the book explores how scholars,
students, and professionals engaged with violence deal with the
inevitable emotional stresses and vicarious trauma they experience.
Each chapter draws on personal histories, and many suggest new
theoretical and methodological concepts to investigate emotional
reactions to this material. The insights gained through these
reflections can function protectively, enabling those who work in
this field to handle adverse situations more effectively, and can
yield valuable knowledge about violence itself, allowing
researchers, teachers, and professionals to better understand their
materials and collocutors. Engaging Violence: Trauma, memory, and
representation will be of key value to students, scholars,
psychologists, humanitarian aid workers, UN personnel, policy
makers, social workers, and others who are engaged, directly or
indirectly, with mass political violence, war, or genocide.
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