Violent Trauma, Culture, and Power

An Interdisciplinary Exploration in Lived Religion

  • Michelle Walsh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Michelle Walsh
    Pages 1-22
  3. Michelle Walsh
    Pages 87-139
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 289-332

About this book


This book is an interdisciplinary exploration of the intertwining impact of violent trauma, culture, and power through case studies of two ministries serving in different demographic contexts within the United States. Mass shootings continue to rise in the United States, including in religious and school contexts, and the U.S. also is ground zero for the now international Black Lives Matter movement. The author shows how all forms of violent trauma impact more than individuals –devastating communal relationships and practices of religious or spiritual meaning-making in the aftermath, and assesses how these impacts differ according to lived experiences with culture and power.

Looking at the two ministries, an urban grassroots lay ministry organization that serves surviving family members in the aftermath of homicide, and a denominational ministry that served a church in the aftermath of a political and religiously motivated shooting, the author develops trauma-specific interdisciplinary tools for lived religion studies.


pastoral care trauma ministries material religion embodied theology disaster relief ethics Black Lives Matter faith church Christianity youth family sociology anthropology

Authors and affiliations

  • Michelle Walsh
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Social WorkBoston UniversityBoston, MAUSA

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