Cultural Sociology

The Cultural Sociology of Political Assassination

From MLK and RFK to Fortuyn and van Gogh

Authors: Eyerman, R.

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Developing the theory of cultural trauma in regard to the shattering potential effects of political assassinations, Eyerman examines political and social life in three different national contexts: Martin Luther King, Bobby Kennedy, and Harvey Milk in the U.S.; Theo Van Gogh in the Netherlands; and Olof Palme and Anna Lindh in Sweden

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RON EYERMANProfessor of Sociology atYale University, USA.

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"It is a pleasure to welcome Ron Eyerman's brilliant contribution to our understanding of the dark dynamics of political assassination, cultural trauma, and collective memory. His work is at once psychologically sensitive and socially perceptive, theoretically sound and empirically informed, subtle and lucid in interpretation, case-based and responsive to comparative cultural context - an exemplary social-science enterprise." - Neil J. Smelser, University Professor of Sociology Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley

"Political assassinations can be deep cultural traumas, and as Ron Eyerman shows, analyzing them can yield important insights into national cultures. This book helpfully broadens thinking about political culture and also shows why certain political events matter beyond the limits of politics narrowly understood." - Craig Calhoun, President, Social Science Research Council; University Professor of the Social Sciences, New York University


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • The Primal Scene

    Eyerman, Ron

    Pages 1-7

  • Political Assassination, Trauma, and Narration

    Eyerman, Ron

    Pages 9-32

  • Remembering the 1960s: The Assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy

    Eyerman, Ron

    Pages 33-73

  • The End of Innocence: The Murders of Olof Palme and Anna Lindh

    Eyerman, Ron

    Pages 75-109

  • The End of Tolerance: The Murders of Pim Fortuyn and Theo van Gogh

    Eyerman, Ron

    Pages 111-144

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Cultural Sociology of Political Assassination
Book Subtitle
From MLK and RFK to Fortuyn and van Gogh
Authors
Series Title
Cultural Sociology
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-33787-9
DOI
10.1057/9780230337879
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-11822-5
Softcover ISBN
978-0-230-11823-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 191
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