Violence, Culture, and the Politics of Trauma

Arthur Kleinman

in Writing at the Margin

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 1997 | ISBN: 9780520209657
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520919471 | DOI:
Violence, Culture, and the Politics of Trauma

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This chapter discusses the trauma that results from political violence and the ways in which political violence is being turned into a health problem. It first introduces posttraumatic stress disorder, which is the development of characteristic symptoms after a psychologically stressing event that is outside the range of usual human experience. Next, the chapter argues that the medicalization of political trauma actually violates the experience of the trauma, and then tries to present an ethnography of political violence.

Keywords: political violence; political trauma; health problem; posttraumatic stress disorder; medicalization

Chapter.  6992 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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