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Memory, Trauma, and Identity


  • Collects the key interventions of a major figure in the field on cultural trauma (and trauma more broadly) for the first time

  • Well-written and relatively short essays develop trauma theory in relation to specific, empirical case studies

  • Demonstrates the applicability and explanatory power of Eyerman’s cultural trauma


Part of the Cultural Sociology book series (CULTSOC)

About this book


This volume brings together Ron Eyerman’s most important interventions in the field of cultural trauma and offers an accessible entry point into the origins and development of this theory and a framework of an analysis that has now achieved the status of a research paradigm. This collection of disparate essays, published between 2004 and 2018, coheres around an original introduction that not only provides a historical overview of cultural trauma, but is also an important theoretical contribution to cultural trauma and collective identity in its own right. The Afterword from esteemed sociologist Eric Woods connects the essays and explores their significance for the broader fields of sociology, behavioral science, and trauma studies.


trauma memory collective responsiblity collective guilt memory studies social psychology Vietnam war assassination social theory

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Yale UniversityNew HavenUSA

About the authors

Ron Eyerman is Professor of Sociology at Yale University, USA. He is the author of Music and Social Movements (1998), Cultural Trauma (2001), and Cultural Trauma and Collective Identity (2004), among many other titles. His interests include cultural and social movement theory, critical theory, cultural studies, and the sociology of the arts.

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