Sexual Decoys: Gender, Race and War in Imperial Democracy

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Social death is the loss and decline of social belonging, social connection and sense of identity and being. In Social Death and Sexual Violence Caroline Taylor examines how sexual assault is often followed by the experience of being a social outcast. How those same individuals seek to reconstitute their wounded identity at the deepest and most personal levels, within their family, community and society. Studies on sexual violence focus on psychological trauma, and rarely take account of the social trauma. But what happens to relationships with others when seen through a veil of trauma? And how do social reactions exacerbate trauma, inhibit disclosure and impede healing? Caroline Taylor untangles the familial and intergenerational effects of social death and suggests ways of reconstituting the wounded self.

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