PTSD and the Politics of Trauma in Israel: A Nation on the Couch

By Keren Friedman-Peleg

© 2016

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, has long been defined as a mental trauma that solely affects the individual. However, against the backdrop of contemporary Israel, what role do families, health experts, donors, and the national community at large play in interpreting and responding to this individualized trauma?

In PTSD and the Politics of Trauma in Israel, Keren Friedman-Peleg sheds light on a new way of speaking about mental vulnerability and national belonging in contemporary Israel. Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted at The Israel Center for Victims of Terror and War and The Israel Trauma Coalition between 2004 and 2009, Friedman-Peleg’s rich ethnographic study challenges the traditional and limited definitions of trauma. In doing so, she exposes how these clinical definitions have been transformed into new categories of identity, thereby raising new dynamics of power, as well as new forms of dialogue.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.5in x 9.0in
Product Formats

SaveUP TO 9239

Book Formats

SKU# SP004043

  • PUBLISHED DEC 2016

    From: $21.71

    Regular Price: $28.95

    ISBN 9781442629318
  • PUBLISHED DEC 2016

    From: $49.50

    Regular Price: $66.00

    ISBN 9781442650510
  • PUBLISHED JAN 2017

    From: $21.71

    Regular Price: $28.95

Quick Overview

In PTSD and the Politics of Trauma in Israel, Keren Friedman-Peleg sheds light on a new way of speaking about mental vulnerability and national belonging in contemporary Israel.

PTSD and the Politics of Trauma in Israel: A Nation on the Couch

By Keren Friedman-Peleg

© 2016

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, has long been defined as a mental trauma that solely affects the individual. However, against the backdrop of contemporary Israel, what role do families, health experts, donors, and the national community at large play in interpreting and responding to this individualized trauma?

In PTSD and the Politics of Trauma in Israel, Keren Friedman-Peleg sheds light on a new way of speaking about mental vulnerability and national belonging in contemporary Israel. Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted at The Israel Center for Victims of Terror and War and The Israel Trauma Coalition between 2004 and 2009, Friedman-Peleg’s rich ethnographic study challenges the traditional and limited definitions of trauma. In doing so, she exposes how these clinical definitions have been transformed into new categories of identity, thereby raising new dynamics of power, as well as new forms of dialogue.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.5in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "Keren Friedman-Peleg’s ethnographic study is an incisive contribution to our understanding of how regional and national history, local institutional cultures, and the expectations of a diverse and divided population shape the clinical phenomenology of PTSD and an unending collective trauma."


    Allan Young, Professor, Departments of Social Studies of Medicine, Anthropology, and Psychiatry, McGill University

    "PTSD and the Politics of Trauma in Israel is an important contribution to the anthropological literature on PTSD."


    Joshua Breslau, Medical Anthropologist and Psychiatric Epidemiologist, Rand Corporation
  • Author Information

    Keren Friedman-Peleg is a senior lecturer at the School of Behavioral Science and the Head of the President’s Program for Excellence at the College of Management–Academic Studies in Israel.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction

    Chapter One
    Birth of Agencies, Birth of an Interpretative Framework 

    Chapter Two
    Trauma and Capital: Bearers of Knowledge, Keepers of Cashboxes 

    Chapter Three
    Trauma and the Camera: Labeling Stress, Marketing the Fear 

    Chapter Four
    They Shoot, Cry and Are Treated: The "Clinical Nucleus" of Trauma among IDF Soldiers 

    Chapter Five
    Woman, Man and Disorder: Trauma in the Intimate Sphere of the Family 

    Chapter Six
    Wandering PTSD: Ethnic Diversity and At-Risk Groups across the Country

    Chapter Seven
    Taking Hold: Resilience Program in the Southern Town of Sderot 

    Chapter Eight
    Treading Cautiously around Sensitive Clinical and Political Domains 

    References

Related Titles