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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.

Jeremy A. Rinker received his PhD from George Mason University/School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution and his MA in religious studies from University of Hawaii. He is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina Greensboro’s Department of Peace and Conflict Studies. Rinker is founding Editor of the Journal of Transdisciplinary Peace Praxis.

Jerry T. Lawler, PhD is a psychologist at the Greater Baltimore Counseling Center and Safe Harbor Behavioral Health, Baltimore. He recieved his MA in psychology from San Jose State University and his PhD in clinical psychology from California School of Professional Psychology (now Alliant University). He has been in private practice in Baltimore since 2001.