PTSD and the Politics of Trauma in Israel: A Nation on the Couch
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.
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- Page Count: 200 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
"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 InformationKeren 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
Birth of Agencies, Birth of an Interpretative Framework
Trauma and Capital: Bearers of Knowledge, Keepers of Cashboxes
Trauma and the Camera: Labeling Stress, Marketing the Fear
They Shoot, Cry and Are Treated: The "Clinical Nucleus" of Trauma among IDF Soldiers
Woman, Man and Disorder: Trauma in the Intimate Sphere of the Family
Wandering PTSD: Ethnic Diversity and At-Risk Groups across the Country
Taking Hold: Resilience Program in the Southern Town of Sderot
Treading Cautiously around Sensitive Clinical and Political Domains
Subjects and Courses