International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society IJPS

, 22:183

First online:

Cultural Trauma as a Potential Symbolic Boundary

  • Alon LazarAffiliated withDepartment of Education and Psychology, The Open University of Israel Email author 
  • , Tal Litvak-HirschAffiliated withBehavioral Science Department, Ben Gurion University, Eilat Campus

Rent the article at a discount

Rent now

* Final gross prices may vary according to local VAT.

Get Access


Using the case of the Holocaust as a cultural trauma in the Jewish-Israeli context, some insights are suggested as to the ways younger members of collectives view cultural trauma as a symbolic boundary. The findings obtained from three groups of students, each expressing their views on a different facet of the Holocaust as a symbolic boundary, suggest that the major contributing factor that turns cultural trauma into a symbolic boundary is the way in which members of the collective categorize the modes through which others, within and outside the collective, relate to that cultural trauma.


Cultural trauma Symbolic boundaries