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Personal and political: post-traumatic stress through the lens of social identity, power, and politics

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dc.contributor.author Muldoon, Orla T.
dc.contributor.author Lowe, Robert D.
dc.contributor.author Jetten, Jolanda
dc.contributor.author Cruwys, Tegan
dc.contributor.author Haslam, S. Alexander
dc.date.accessioned 2021-09-09T14:25:07Z
dc.date.available 2021-09-09T14:25:07Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/10561
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has always been controversial and highly politicized. Here, using a social identity approach, we review evidence that trauma and its aftermath are fundamentally linked to social position, sociopolitical capital, and power. We begin this contribution by demonstrating how a person’s group memberships (and the social identities they derive from these memberships) are inherently linked to the experience of adversity. We then go on to consider how it is through group memberships that individuals are defined by their trauma risk and trauma histories—that is, a person’s group memberships and their trauma are often inherently linked. Considering the importance of group memberships for understanding trauma, we argue that it is important to see these, and group processes more generally, as more than just “demographic” risk factors. Instead, we argue that when groups are defined by their trauma history or risk, their members will often derive some sense of self from this trauma. For this reason, attributes of group memberships are important in developing an understanding of adjustment and adaptation to trauma. In particular, groups’ status, their recourse to justice, and the level of trust and solidarity within the group are all central to the impact of traumatic events on individual-level psychological resilience. We review evidence that supports this analysis by focusing on the exacerbating effects of stigma and social mistrust on post-traumatic stress, and the value of solidarity and strong identities for resilience. We conclude that because of these group-related processes, trauma interweaves the personal with the political and that post-traumatic stress is fundamentally about power, positionality, and politics. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Wiley and Sons Ltd en_US
dc.relation 884927 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Political Psychology;42 (3)
dc.subject psychological trauma en_US
dc.subject social identity en_US
dc.subject groups en_US
dc.subject PTSD en_US
dc.subject traumatic events en_US
dc.title Personal and political: post-traumatic stress through the lens of social identity, power, and politics en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/pops.12709
dc.contributor.sponsor ERC en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor Horizon 2020 en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor European Union (EU) en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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