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.


History. Culture. Trauma.-
     "Our podcast will examine trauma and resilience, not just at the individual level, at the systems and cultural level. How has the trauma of slavery and genocide impacted our current society? Why are the cultural manifestations of trauma, i.e., community violence, school shootings, etc., so pervasive? Together, our hosts and their guests will outline the true impact of trauma and resilience on the human experience."


Being Well-
     This podcast includes many different topics related to wellness; the link provided goes directly to the episodes that deal with trauma.


The Trauma Therapist-
     "Join Guy Macpherson, PhD... as he interviews thought-leaders in the fields of trauma, mindfulness, addiction..."



"Understanding Collective Trauma and Working Through Cultural Trauma"-
     "Expert Tammie Causey-Konaté (PhD) addresses the impact of cascading traumas, particularly in the context of COVID-19. She also presents a four-step model for working through cultural trauma."


"Historical Trauma and Cultural Healing"-
     "The effects of the traumas inflicted on groups of people because of their race, creed, and ethnicity linger on the souls of their descendants. As a result, many people in these same communities experience higher rates of mental and physical illness, substance abuse, and erosion in families and community structures. The persistent cycle of trauma destroys family and communities and threatens the vibrancy of entire cultures. Historical trauma is not just about what happened in the past. It's about what's still happening."

"Historical Trauma and Cultural Healing"-
     "Genocide, slavery, and displacement have affected far too many communities of people. While each community’s experience is different, massive collective trauma often results in cumulative emotional and psychological wounds that are carried across generations and remain potent in 2021."

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