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Remaking a World

Violence, Social Suffering, and Recovery

Veena Das (Editor), Arthur Kleinman (Editor), Margaret M. Lock (Editor), Mamphela Ramphele (Editor), Pamela Reynolds (Editor)

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Paperback, 302 pages
ISBN: 9780520223301
June 2001
$33.95, £24.95
Remaking a World completes a triptych of volumes on social suffering, violence, and recovery. Social Suffering, the first volume, deals with sources and major forms of social adversity, with an emphasis on political violence. The second, Violence and Subjectivity, contains graphic accounts of how collective experience of violence can alter individual subjectivity. This third volume explores the ways communities "cope" with—endure, work through, break apart under, transcend—traumatic and other more insidious forms of violence, addressing the effects of violence at the level of local worlds, interpersonal relations, and individual lives. The authors highlight the complex relationship between recognition of suffering in the public sphere and experienced suffering in people's everyday lives. Rich in local detail, the book's comparative ethnographies bring out both the recalcitrance of tragedy and the meaning of healing in attempts to remake the world.
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Veena Das and Arthur Kleinman
Marginality, Suffering, and Community: The Politics of Collective Experience and Empowerment in Thailand
Komatra Chuengsatiansup
Reimagining Aboriginality: An Indigenous People’s Response to Social Suffering
Naomi Adelson
The Bomb’s Womb? Women and the A-Bomb
Maya Todeschini
Spirit Possessions and Avenging Ghosts: Stories of Supernatural Activity as Narratives of Terror and Mechanisms of Coping and Remembering
Sasanka Perera
Boundaries, Names, Alterities: A Case Study of a “Communal Riot” in Dharavi, Bombay
Deepak Mehta and Roma Chatterji
Speech and Silence: Women’s Testimony in the First Five Weeks of Public Hearings of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Fiona C. Ross

Contributors:
Naomi Adelson
Roma Chatterji
Komatra Chuengsatiansup
Veena Das
Arthur Kleinman
Deepak Mehta
Sasanka Perera
Fiona C. Ross
Maya Todeschini

Index
Veena Das is A. Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. Arthur Kleinman is Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Medical Anthropology at the Harvard Medical School. Margaret Lock is Professor of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University. Mamphela Ramphele is Managing Director of the World Bank and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, where Pamela Reynolds chairs the Department of Social Anthropology. In other combinations, these five are also the editors of Social Suffering (California, 1997) and Violence and Subjectivity (California, 2000).
"The ethnographic studies in this volume are outstanding, and together offer a brilliant mix of materials for throwing light on the representation of violence and suffering in the public sphere. Das and Kleinman introduce the collection with an elegant and deeply insightful set of theoretical reflections on narrative, voice, and social suffering."—Kenneth M. George, author of Showing Signs of Violence

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