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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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Contributors’ Biographies



Matthew Bereza is Associate Professor of Psychology and Latin American Studies at Tiffin University, Tiffin, Ohio. He graduated from the Ohio State University in 2009, earning a PhD in School Psychology, after completing his Master’s in Clinical Counseling at Heidelberg University. Matthew received his Bachelor’s from Hiram College in Spanish and Political Science and has worked with Spanish-speaking students and clients since then. Currently, Matthew teaches social sciences and investigates how ecologies and trauma inform our experiences and how we may improve these systems. On campus and in the community, Matthew stays active with the Latin American Student Organization and Project Peace, an initiative through the Sisters of Saint Francis to ‘envision a world without war.’ The focus of these groups is to foster understanding, acceptance, and peace within and between people and local groups. When not working, Matthew can be found on his motorcycle or trying to get his natural-leavened sourdough formula to produce consistent loaves.

Lizzie Biddle has worked at the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG) Center for New North Carolinas (CNNC) since the fall of 2010. Lizzie has been a critical part of the CNNC’s mission to promote access and integration for the immigrant and refugee communities in North Carolina. She holds a Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies from UNCG. While completing her graduate studies she spent a summer with the US State Department Bureau of ←275 | 276→Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), the Bureau that directs both overseas...

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