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Palgrave Studies in Lived Religion and Societal Challenges

Violent Trauma, Culture, and Power

An Interdisciplinary Exploration in Lived Religion

Authors: Walsh, Michelle

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  • Uses interdisciplinary studies to analyse the responses of organized institutional trauma ministries 
  • Discusses the severity of violence in the United States as a context for looking at the treatment of violent trauma on a personal and communal level
  • Fosters inter-cultural dialogue across religious and secular boundaries
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This book is an interdisciplinary exploration of the intertwining impact of violent trauma, culture, and power through case studies of two ministries serving in different demographic contexts within the United States. Mass shootings continue to rise in the United States, including in religious and school contexts, and the U.S. also is ground zero for the now international Black Lives Matter movement. The author shows how all forms of violent trauma impact more than individuals –devastating communal relationships and practices of religious or spiritual meaning-making in the aftermath, and assesses how these impacts differ according to lived experiences with culture and power.

Looking at the two ministries, an urban grassroots lay ministry organization that serves surviving family members in the aftermath of homicide, and a denominational ministry that served a church in the aftermath of a political and religiously motivated shooting, the author develops trauma-specific interdisciplinary tools for lived religion studies.

"This book powerfully utilizes an intersectional lens to highlight the inter-interconnections to be found for those working in faith communities, as well as mental health. Walsh provides the reader with an opportunity to explore and develop theoretical and practice perspectives that include: race and ethnicity, religion and spirituality, social class and ability, sexual orientation, immigration and refugee status, and explores the impact that oppression and discrimination have on our communities and society. I highly recommend this book for those who are engaged in working to combat domination at the local, national and global levels." - Gary Bailey, Simmons College, USA

About the authors

Rev. Dr. Michelle Walsh, PhD, LICSW teaches at the School of Social Work, Boston University, USA. She is a licensed independent clinical social worker, activist, ordained as a Unitarian Universalist community minister, and holds a Ph.D. in practical theology.

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“This monograph engages an impressive breadth of theological and social scientific literature. It also offers a strong articulation of the challenges and promise of interdisciplinary scholarship that has implications extending well beyond theology and studies of religion. … Violent Trauma, Culture, and Power brings methodological tools from religious studies and theology into ethnographic work that merges sociological understandings of inequality with neuroaffective studies of trauma.” (Eleanor Catherine Craig, readingreligion.org, 2018)


“Michelle Walsh draws upon her experience as a social worker and Unitarian Universalist minister as well as two in-depth case studies to investigate culture, trauma, and lived religion. … Walsh has made an important contribution to the literature. It is a valuable read for religious communities, therapists, and other mental health professionals.” (Louis Hoffman and Ashley Whitaker, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 62 (51), December, 2017)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-41772-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $34.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-82425-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Violent Trauma, Culture, and Power
Book Subtitle
An Interdisciplinary Exploration in Lived Religion
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Lived Religion and Societal Challenges
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-41772-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-41772-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-82425-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 332
Number of Illustrations
21 illustrations in colour
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