Historical Distinctions in Trauma

A concern I share with LaCapra and others is the ways in which trauma can be defined and redefined and “watered down” to the point that it no longer carries any real meaning: Moreover, there is an important sense in which the aftereffects…of traumatic events are not fully owned by anyone and…affect everyone. ┬áBut the…

Cultural Relativism in Trauma

Trauma is a highly individual concept. Whatever your life story, you have certain conceptions about what “counts” as “awful enough” to merit sympathy or pity as opposed to disdain. One goal reform pedagogy or “progressive” traditions would be to expose students to a wider scope of human experience, to help them better relate to experiences outside…