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Analytical Journal Assignment (Entry #8 and #9)Trauma Carrier Groups & Inherited TraumaIn the article entitled, ExpandingTrauma Through Space and Time: Mapping the Rhetorical Strategies of Trauma Carrier Groups, DeGloma provides a framework to analyze interpersonal dynamic of cultural trauma and prevailing diagnostic lens for whichindividual and social traumas are often defined.(Degloma, 2009) This is achieved throughmapping out two primary rhetorical strategies of trauma carrier groups. He examines carrier groups such as social movement collectives, professional psychological organizations, and patient advocacy groups (Degloma, 2009, p. 106). “Carrier groups” is a term to capture the construction of meaning for there is no natural response or "actual nature" to a traumatic event itself(Alexander, 2004, p. 9).Alexander (2004) describes carrier groups as the primary social agents that construct the sociocultural meaning of trauma. Trauma carrier groups include a group or individual that represent a certain socio-mental community (Zerubavel, 2009). Zerubavel defines socio- mental communities grouped based on ways of thought, a socio- mental collective organizes social reality in a particular order that leads individuals to perceive the world in a particular way based on the meanings assigned to specific events, experiences or objects(Zerubavel, 2009).The two main defining feature of a trauma carrier group include the ability to articulate their beliefs and are effective in communicating this due to their position of power or ability to achieve credibility within society(Alexander, 2004). Politicians, religious figures, media networks, nations, or even generations that represent differing perspectives on the same issues are example of generalized carrier groups. 1
Analytical Journal Assignment (Entry #8 and #9)Trauma carrier groups are often authoritative meaning makers that define the cultural and personal significance of traumatic experience, which then informs narrative, and treatment of such experiences(Alexander, 2004; Degloma, 2009). Trauma carriers could come in the form of a therapist or an advocacy group that aims to raise awareness of the impact of particular experiences or any other significant social entity that engages in the reshaping of the meaning of trauma. For example, in response to the creation of theFalse Memory Syndrome Foundation, many psychiatrists with patients experiencing dissociative identity symptoms and repressed memories organize to challenge the Foundations attempt to discredit the psychological effect of severe early childhood trauma and provide treatment to these individuals(Kanovitz, Kanovitz, & Bloch, 2012). They formed treatment centers for those who were seeking help and were belittled and made to feel incredulous(Kanovitz et al., 2012).

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Term
Fall
Professor
Dr. Natalia Kapli
Tags
Sociology, Psychological trauma, Posttraumatic stress disorder, Trauma Carrier Groups

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