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In this book, Ron Eyerman explores the formation of the African-American identity through the 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. Combining a broad narrative sweep with more detailed studies of important events and individuals, Eyerman reaches from Emancipation through the Harlem Renaissance, the Depression, the New Deal and the Second World War to the Civil Rights movement and beyond. He offers insights into the intellectual and generational conflicts of identity-formation which have a truly universal significance, as well as providing a compelling account of the birth of African-American identity. Anyone interested in questions of assimilation, multiculturalism and postcolonialism will find this book indispensable.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521004374
ISBN-10: 0521004373
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Pages: 316
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Ron Eyerman

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).

Books By Author Ron Eyerman

Cultural Sociology of Political Assassination by Ron Eyerman

The Cultural Sociology of Political Assassination

Hardback, November 2011
Cultural Trauma and Collective Identity by Ron Eyerman

Cultural Trauma and Collective Identity

Paperback, March 2004
Cultural Trauma by Ron Eyerman

Cultural Trauma

Hardback, December 2001
Music and Social Movements by Ron Eyerman

Music and Social Movements

Paperback, February 1998