Cultural Trauma


Overview of Cultural Trauma

"Cultural trauma occurs when members of a collectivity feel they have been subjected to a horrendous event that leaves indelible marks upon their group consciousness, marking their memories forever and changing their future identity in fundamental and irrevocable ways."

-- from the book Cultural Trauma and Collective Identity (Jeffrey C. Alexander, et al., University of California Press. 2004), Chapter 1: Toward a Theory of Cultural Trauma, page 1.

Davis, F. (2019). The Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice: Black Lives, Healing, and US Social Transformation. New York, New York: Good Books. Available at UVA Library.


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