Violent Trauma, Culture, and Power

An Interdisciplinary Exploration in Lived Religion

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Michelle Walsh
  • London, England: 
    Palgrave Macmillan
    , February
     332 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Eleanor Catherine Craig forthcoming.


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.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Michelle Walsh teaches at the School of Social Work, Boston University. She is a licensed independent clinical social worker, activist, ordained as a Unitarian Universalist community minister, and holds a Ph.D. in practical theology.

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