Cultural Trauma: Slavery and the Formation of African American Identity

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 13, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 302 pages
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n this book, Ron Eyerman explores the formation of the African-American identity through t he theory of cultural trauma. The trauma in question is slavery, not as an institution or as personal experience, but as collective memory: a pervasive remembrance that grounded a people's sense of itself. He offers insights into the intellectual and generational conflicts of identity-formation which have a truly universal significance, as well as providing a new and compelling account of the birth of African-American identity.
  

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Contents

Cultural trauma and collective memory
1
Remembering and forgetting
23
Out of Africa the making of a collective identity
58
The Harlem Renaissance and the heritage of slavery
89
Memory and representation
130
Civil rights and black nationalism the postwar generation
174
Notes
223
List of references
286
Index
299
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About the author (2001)

Ronald Eyerman is the holder of the Segerstedt Chair of Sociology, and a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioural Sciences at Stanford University (1900-2000). His recent publications include Music and Social Movements (Cambridge, 1998).

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