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Geotrauma: Violence, Place and Repossession

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Rachel Pain



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been accepted and is due to be published in its final definitive form by Sage, 2020.

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Geographical interest is growing in psychological trauma from political, social, urban and ecological violences. This paper reviews temporal and spatial aspects of trauma, emphasising Black, postcolonial, indigenous, feminist and queer analyses. These inform an idea of geotrauma, the ongoing clasping of collective traumas and place. After outlining the multiple temporalities of geotrauma, the paper identifies overlapping placings of trauma by geographers and others: memorial places, retraumatizing places, layered places, hardwired places, mobile places, places of repossession and healing places. Repositioning survivors as experts in narrating and understanding trauma enables recognition of resistance and the mobilisation of place in addressing trauma.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Pain R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: In Press

Journal: Progress in Human Geography

Year: 2020

Acceptance date: 24/06/2020

Date deposited: 30/06/2020

ISSN (print): 1477-0288

ISSN (electronic): 0309-1325

Publisher: Sage


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