Trauma and Lived Religion

Transcending the Ordinary

  • R. Ruard Ganzevoort
  • Srdjan Sremac

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Srdjan Sremac, R. Ruard Ganzevoort
    Pages 1-11
  3. Body

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
  4. Meaning

  5. Relationship

  6. Testimony

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
  7. Ritual

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 253-258

About this book


This book focuses on the power of the ‘ordinary’, ‘everydayness’ and ‘embodiment’ as keys to exploring the intersection of trauma and the everyday reality of religion. It critically investigates traumatic experiences from a perspective of lived religion, and therefore, examines how trauma is articulated and lived in the foreground of people’s concrete, material actualities. 

Trauma and Lived Religion seeks to demonstrate the vital relevance between the concept of lived religion and the study of trauma, and the reciprocal relationship between the two. A central question in this volume therefore focuses on the key dimensions of body, language, memory, testimony, and ritual. It will be of interest to academics in the fields of sociology, psychology, and religious studies with a focus on lived religion and trauma studies, across various religions and cultural contexts. 


trauma studies tradition ritual embodiment coping mechanisms

Editors and affiliations

  • R. Ruard Ganzevoort
    • 1
  • Srdjan Sremac
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Religion and TheologyVrije Universiteit AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Faculty of Religion and TheologyVrije Universiteit AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-91871-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-91872-3
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