Political Violence, Trauma, and Healing

Srila Roy

in Remembering Revolution

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780198081722
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199082223 | DOI:
Political Violence, Trauma, and Healing

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This chapter considers both public and personal memorialization of political violence, a form of violence that is afforded a high degree of visibility as opposed to the violence that took place within the Naxalite community. This visibility does not, however, guarantee the recognition or alleviation of individual suffering. On the contrary, the narratives of sacrifice and heroic resistance that infuse public forms of commemoration reinforce an imagined community in ways that preclude the possibility of individual mourning. This possibility is created, however, in other sites of memory such as poetry, reportage, fiction, and women’s memoirs. The final part of this chapter explores women’s testimonies of political violence suffered in police custody and prison in an attempt to theorize the complex labour of subjectivity, agency, and healing in the long afterlife of violence.

Keywords: Political violence; Memorialization; Poetry; Women’s testimonies; Custodial violence/torture; Trauma; The body; Survival; Healing; Aftermath of violence

Chapter.  9804 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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