Cultural Trauma as a Potential Symbolic Boundary



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 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Education and PsychologyThe Open University of IsraelRaananaIsrael
  2. 2.Behavioral Science DepartmentBen Gurion University, Eilat CampusEilatIsrael

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