Review of PTSD: diagnosis and identity in post-empire America - Lembcke, Jerry [Book review]

Gehrmann, Richard (2016) Review of PTSD: diagnosis and identity in post-empire America - Lembcke, Jerry [Book review]. Sociological Research Online, 21 (1). ISSN 1061-0154


War based post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)is well-established condition. Building on his earlier critical book 'The Spitting Image: Myth, Memory and the Legacy of Vietnam' (1998), Vietnam veteran and sociologist Jerry Lembcke explores the mythology and belief systems associated with PTSD in accounts from the First World War to Afghanistan and Iraq. He argues that there is a mythology of military victimhood that has become a cultural trope that some war veterans have adopted to validate their participation in what some in their society has seen as unjust wars.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2017 23:48
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2018 02:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: PTSD, war trauma, Vietnam, Gulf War, War on Terror
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210312 North American History
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160604 Defence Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950506 Understanding the Past of the Americas
A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810199 Defence not elsewhere classified

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