• C. Fred Alford


Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a popular diagnosis today. This book argues that while it is not a very good scientific diagnosis, it is still worthy of respect. PTSD attunes us to the suffering of individuals. Among the topics focused on are the origins of the diagnosis of PTSD (Chap.  2); how trauma works in groups (Chap.  3); how trauma is transmitted across the generations (Chap.  4); and the place of the neuropsychological study of trauma (Chap.  5). A theory of trauma is sketched in Chap.  6.


Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Cultural Resource Modern Life Traditional Society Group Trauma 
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  1. Turner, B. (1996). The body and society (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Fred Alford
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  1. 1.University of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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