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Realizing Nonviolent Resilience

Neoliberalism, Societal Trauma, and Marginalized Voice


Edited By Jeremy A. Rinker and Jerry T. Lawler

Current neoliberal social and economic realities have had enormous impacts on the abilities of oppressed groups and marginalized communities to realize resistance and innate resiliencies. How does the ubiquity of neoliberal economic forces exacerbate traumatized populations’ helplessness, and, thereby, influence their inability to grapple with their oppressors and engage in fruitful change solutions? This edited volume asks how nonviolent conflict practitioners might intervene to ‘treat’ traumatized, and often marginalized, populations suspended in the predicament of ‘acting in’ and ‘acting out’ their collective traumas. Treating trauma is an integral aspect of successful peacebuilding work. This work aims to explore the role of trauma in peacebuilding and illuminate the ways that neoliberal marginalization impacts trauma-informed peace work.

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Chapter Four: Trauma, Yoga, and Trauma Recovery: From the Clinical to the Sociological (Cindy Brooks Dollar)


Trauma, Yoga, andTrauma Recovery: Fromthe Clinical to theSociological


Mental health issues, especially those related to trauma, have historically been individualized and psychologized. Trauma is often characterized as a situation wherein one’s amount of stress is overwhelming and exceeds one’s ability to cope or integrate the emotions involved with that experience (e.g., Duros and Crowley, 2014; Herman, 2015). This portrayal centralizes attention on how an individual may confront and cope with personally traumatic events or circumstances. While helpful, defining and studying trauma as a strictly individual, psychological event limits our understanding and appreciation of its social significance both in its cause and consequences. It is important to acknowledge trauma as socially injurious and trauma recovery as socially valuable.

Sociology, as a discipline, studies groups, communities, and other collections of people that share culture and/or social space. By examining the purpose, process, and consequence of human action, we gain insight into human existence. This chapter seeks to pull trauma studies firmly into the realm of sociological inquiry by building on to extant clinical studies of trauma. Medical studies of trauma are socially and politically relevant for three main reasons. First, personal trauma impacts individuals’ ability to fully participate in social relationships. Trauma influences people’s relational capacity through various cognitive and behavioral manifestations, including anxiety, suspiciousness, and withdrawal. Second, traumatic experiences are disproportionately experienced among persons and groups ←99 | 100→in subjugated and alienating positions or situations (Kessler et al., 1995; Libby et al...

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