Social Trauma and Recovery: Emergent Themes

Igreja, Victor and Baines, Erin (2019) Social Trauma and Recovery: Emergent Themes. In: A Companion to the Anthropology of Africa. Blackwell Companions to Anthropology. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, United States, pp. 251-270. ISBN 9781119251484


This chapter discusses the social dimensions of war trauma and recovery through the examples of Mozambique, with a detailed focus on the Gorongosa, a district in the center of the country, and Uganda, specifically, Gulu district. Both countries are exemplary of how state actors and civilians struggle to come to terms with experiences of mass political violence as the result of prolonged conflict. The chapter briefly describes the dynamics of war violence and the human toll of violence in both countries. It analyzes changes in processes of social recovery over time through the introduction and consumption of new mass‐media technologies as well as in response to emergent challenges in the post‐war era. The chapter demonstrates that social recovery is a long‐term negotiated endeavor and women, while being seriously persecuted and wronged by the various factions in war violence, also appear as central actors in diverse recovery mechanisms and collective actions.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2020 02:15
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2020 04:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: mass‐media technologies; political violence; social recovery; state actors; war trauma; war violence
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180114 Human Rights Law
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4401 Anthropology > 440107 Social and cultural anthropology
48 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 4899 Other law and legal studies > 489999 Other law and legal studies not elsewhere classified
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520599 Social and personality psychology not elsewhere classified
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420313 Mental health services
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health
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