Ptsd & The Politics Of Trauma In Israel by Friedman-Peleg Keren
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD has long been defined as a mental trauma that solely affects the individual. However against the backdrop of contemporary Israel what role do families health experts donors and the national community at large play in interpreting and responding to this individualized trauma? In PTSD and the Politics of Trauma in Israel Keren Friedman-Peleg sheds light on a new way of speaking about mental vulnerability and national belonging in contemporary Israel. Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted at The Israel Center for Victims of Terror and War and The Israel Trauma Coalition between 2004 and 2009 Friedman-Peleg's rich ethnographic study challenges the traditional and limited definitions of trauma. In doing so she exposes how these clinical definitions have been transformed into new categories of identity thereby raising new dynamics of power as well as new forms of dialogue.