Cultural Trauma as a Potential Symbolic Boundary
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- Lazar, A. & Litvak-Hirsch, T. Int J Polit Cult Soc (2009) 22: 183. doi:10.1007/s10767-009-9060-1
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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.