Syllabi and Reading Lists

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Teaching Resources on the Social Construction of Trauma

This is a sample reading list I have used for introducing students to the history of the concept and discourses of trauma in psychoanalys
Allan Young Interview: science-an-interview-with-allan-young.html Shephard, B. (2001). A war of nerves: Soldiers and psychiatrists in the twentieth century. Harvard University Press. Summerfield, Derek. 1999. ‘A Critique of Seven Assumptions behind Psychological Trauma Programmes in War-Affected Areas’. Social Science & Medicine 48, no. 10: 1449–62. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Fourth and Fifth Editions (APA 1994 2013). Appendix i. Glossary of culture-bound syndromes. European-Inuit Relations? Arctic Anthropology, Vol. 32,2: pp.1-42. Critical Approaches: Young, Allan. 1993 “A Description of How Ideology Shapes Knowledge of a Mental Disorder (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder)” in Lindenbaum, Shirley and Margaret Lock (eds.), Knowledge, Power and Practices: The Anthropology of Medicine and Everyday Life. Berkeley and London, University of California Press. Young, Alan. 1997. Harmony of Illusions: Introduction(Pp.3-12) Retchman, Richard. The rebirth of PTSD: the rise of a new paradigm in psychiatrySocial Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 2004, Volume 39, Issue 11,p 913-915 * Fassin, D. and R. Rechtman. 2009. The Empire of Trauma. An Inquiry into the Condition of Victimhood. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Introduction Summerfield, D. (2001). The invention of post-traumatic stress disorder and the social usefulness of a psychiatric category. British Medical Journal, 322(7278), 95-98. Hacking, Ian. 2013. Lost in the Forest (review of DSM-5: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). London Review of Books, vol. 35, no. 15: 7-8. Ian Hacking, “Making up people.” London Review of Books, Vol. 28 No. 16 · 17 August 2006. Kirk, S. A., & Kutchins, H. (1992). The selling of the DSM: The rhetoric of science in psychiatry. Hawthorne, NY: Aldine de Gruyter. Lakoff, Andrew. 2012. Ian Hacking: Interviewed by Andrew Lakoff. Public Culture, vol. 24, no. 1: 217-232. Kirmayer, L., Lemelson, R. and Barad, M. 2008. Understanding Trauma. Integrating Biological, Clinical, and Cultural Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Lester, R. 2013. Back from the edge of existence: A critical anthropology of trauma. Transcultural Psychiatry 50(5):753-762. Das, V. 2007. Commentary: trauma and testimony, between law and discipline. Ethos 35(3):330- 335. Fassin, Didier. 2007 “Humanitarianism as a Politics of Life” in Public Culture, 19 (3):499-520 Lambek, M. (eds). Tense past: cultural essays in trauma and memory. NY: Routledge, pp:173-198. Kirmayer, L. 1993 Healing and the invention of metaphor: the effectiveness of symbols revisited. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 17(2):161-195. On The Postcolonial Subject and Condition Fanon F. 1963. The Wretched of the Earth. London: Penguin. Chakrabarty, Dipesh. 2012. Postcolonial Studies and the Challenge of Climate Change. New Literary History, 43: 1-18. Geschiere, Peter. 2009. Is There ‘A’ Postcolonial Condition? The Johannesburg Salon, Volume 1: 23-25. Gilroy, Paul. 2011. Fanon and the Value of the Human. The Johannesburg Salon, Volume 1: 7-14. Martinez-San Miguel, Yolanda. 2009. Postcolonialism. Social Text 100, 27(3): 188-193. Mbembe, Achille. 2009. Postcolonial Thought Explained to the French: An Interview with Achille Mbembe. The Johannesburg Salon, Volume 1: 33-38. Signer, Rachel. 2009. On Postcolonialism. The Johannesburg Salon, Volume 1: 32-33. Stam, Robert & Shohat, Ella. 2012. Whence and Whither Postcolonial Theory?New Literary History, 43: 371-390. Young, Robert JC. 2012. Postcolonial Remains. New Literary History, 43: 19-42. Latour, Bruno. 2004. Why Has Critique Run out of Steam? From Matters of Fact to Matters of Concern. Critical Inquiry, vol. 30: 225-248. Latour, Bruno. 2011. Networks, Societies, Spheres: Reflections of an Actor-network Theorist. International Journal of Communication, vol. 5: 796-810. Lynch. Michael. 2001. The Contingencies of Social Construction (review article of Ian Hacking). Economy and Society, vol. 30, no. 2: 240-254. Madsen, Ole Jacob et al. 2013. 'I am a philosopher of the particular case': An interview with the 2009 Holberg prizewinner Ian Hacking. History of the Human Sciences, vol. 26, no. 3: 32-51....

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