Fragments of Trauma and the Social Production of Suffering: Trauma, History, and Memory offers a kaleidoscope of perspectives that highlight the problem of traumatic memory. Because trauma fragments memory, storytelling is impeded by what is unknowable and what is unspeakable. Each of the contributors tackles the problem of narrativizing memory that is constructed from fragments that have been passed along the generations. When trauma is cultural as well as personal, it becomes even more invisible, as each generation's attempts at coping push the pain further below the surface. Consequently, that pain becomes increasingly ineffable, haunting succeeding generations. In each story the contributors offer, there emerges the theme of difference, a difference that turns back on itself and makes an accusation. Themes of knowing and unknowing show the terrible toll that trauma takes when there is no one with whom the trauma can be acknowledged and worked through. In the face of utter lack of recognition, what might be known together becomes hidden. Our failure to speak to these unaspirated truths becomes a betrayal of self and also of others.
In the case of intergenerational and cultural trauma, we betray not only our ancestors but also the future generations to come. In the face of unacknowledged trauma, this book reveals that we are confronted with the perennial choice of speaking or becoming complicit in our silence.
Foreword Introduction, Marilyn Charles & Michael O'Loughlin Part I Fragments of Trauma Chapter 1: Trauma, Fragmentation, Memory, and Identity, Marilyn Charles Chapter 2: Healing Transgressions of Tapu: Re-Membering the Body Sacred, Ingo Lambrecht Chapter 3: Black Maids-White Madams and the Ghosts in the Nurseries of Post-apartheid South Africa, Cora Smith Chapter 4: The Lifelong Impact of Institutional Childhood Abuse: The Perspective of the Irish in Britain, Jeff Moore & Christine Thornton Chapter 5: Django Unchained: Identification with the Oppressor and Traumatic Reenactment, Claude Barbre Chapter 6: Trauma and Resilience among a Stolen Generation of Indigenous People, Janice Walters Chapter 7: The Subtle Trauma: Premenstrual Syndrome, Language, and Subjectivity , Marie Hansen Part II Interventions in Social Spaces Chapter 8: Life after "Death:" An Empirical and Clinical Perspective on Trauma, Karen Lombardi & Avigail Gordon Chapter 9: Sounding Home: Using Music to Help Bear Witness and with Expression of Trauma for Patients with Psychosis, Trisha Ready Chapter 10: A Good Little Group: Recovering Lost Connections between Aboriginal Mothers and Children, Cate Osborn Chapter 11: When Trauma is Normal: Violence, Creativity, and Healing Relationships in a Distressed African American Urban Neighborhood , Annie Stopford Chapter 12: Trauma and Identity in Teacher Education Spaces, Richard Johnson & Michael Salzman Chapter 13: Making Sense of the Senseless: Feeling Bad, Being Mad, Getting Charged Up, Judy Atkinson Chapter 14: To Unchain Haunting Blood Memories: Intergenerational Trauma Among African Americans, Kirkland C. Vaughans Chapter 15: "Thinking Beyond Our Means:" Engendering a Depth Understanding of Trauma, Michael O'Loughlin & Barbara Ann McLeod