Resilience and the Localisation of Trauma in Aceh, Indonesia
xiv, 182 p.
Place & Publisher
Singapore, NUS Press Pte Ltd.
ASAA Southeast Asia Publication Series.
US $ 138.90
US $ 125.00
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Aceh is a region that is no stranger to violent conflict and tragedy. This special
territory of Indonesia has faced occupation, fallen into civil war, and was brutalized by
the deadly 2004 tsunami. While these forces have altered the lives of the Aceh people,
their very experiences of suffering and recovery have changed thanks to the globalization
of psychiatry. In this book, Catherine Smith examines the global reach of the contested,
yet compelling, concept of trauma. She explores how what is considered? trauma? has
expanded well beyond the bounds of therapeutic practice to become a powerful cultural
idiom shaping the ways people understand the effects of violence and imagine possible
responses to suffering. In Aceh, conflict survivors have incorporated the ideas of trauma
into their local languages, healing practices, and political imaginaries. The appearance
of this idiom of distress into the Acehnese medical-moral landscape provides an
ethnographic perspective on suffering and recovery, and contributes to our contemporary
debates about the international reach of psychiatry and the cultural consequences as it
spreads beyond the domain of medicine.
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