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Aversion and Erasure: The Fate of the Victim after the Holocaust

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In Aversion and Erasure, Carolyn J. Dean offers a bold account of how the Holocaust's status as humanity's most terrible example of evil has shaped contemporary discourses about victims in the West. Popular and scholarly attention to the Holocaust has led some observers to conclude that a "surfeit of Jewish memory" is obscuring the suffering of other peoples. Dean explores the pervasive idea that suffering and trauma in the United States and Western Europe have become central to the identity, with victims competing for recognition by displaying their collective wounds. She argues that this notion has never been examined systematically even through it now possesses the force of self-evidence. It developed in nascent form after World War II, when the near-annihilation of European Jewry began to transform patriotic mourning into a slogan of "Never Again": as the Holocaust demonstrated, all people might become victims of their ethnicity, race, gender or sexuality - because of who they are. The recent concept that suffering is central to identity and that Jewish suffering under Nazism is iconic of modern evil has dominated public discourse since the 1980s. Dean argues that we believe that the rational contestation of grievances in democratic societies is being replaced by the proclamation of injury and the desire to be a victim. Such dramatic and yet culturally powerful assertions, however, cast suspicion on victims and define their credibility in new ways that require analysis. Dean's latest book summons anyone concerned with human rights to recognise the impact of cultural ideals of "deserving" and "undeserving" victims on those who have suffered. This 2010 hardback book is in good condition with some very minor creasing to the edge of the spine and corners of the sleeve from where it has been stored. The hard back cover is very stained but these marks are covered by the sleeve. There is some minor dogging to the corners of a few of the pages and a few very small chips to the page block but otherwise they are in very good condition.

Item details

Author(s):
Dean, Carolyn J.
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.5 x 0.5in
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0801449448
ISBN-13:
9780801449444
Number of pages:
193
Publisher:
Cornell University Press

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In Aversion and Erasure, Carolyn J. Dean offers a bold account of how the Holocaust's status as humanity's most terrible example of evil has shaped contemporary discourses about victims in the West. Popular and scholarly attention to the Holocaust has led some observers to conclude that a "surfeit of Jewish memory" is obscuring the suffering of other peoples. Dean explores the pervasive idea that suffering and trauma in the United States and Western Europe have become central to the identity, with victims competing for recognition by displaying their collective wounds. She argues that this notion has never been examined systematically even through it now possesses the force of self-evidence. It developed in nascent form after World War II, when the near-annihilation of European Jewry began to transform patriotic mourning into a slogan of "Never Again": as the Holocaust demonstrated, all people might become victims of their ethnicity, race, gender or sexuality - because of who they are. The recent concept that suffering is central to identity and that Jewish suffering under Nazism is iconic of modern evil has dominated public discourse since the 1980s. Dean argues that we believe that the rational contestation of grievances in democratic societies is being replaced by the proclamation of injury and the desire to be a victim. Such dramatic and yet culturally powerful assertions, however, cast suspicion on victims and define their credibility in new ways that require analysis. Dean's latest book summons anyone concerned with human rights to recognise the impact of cultural ideals of "deserving" and "undeserving" victims on those who have suffered. This 2010 hardback book is in good condition with some very minor creasing to the edge of the spine and corners of the sleeve from where it has been stored. The hard back cover is very stained but these marks are covered by the sleeve. There is some minor dogging to the corners of a few of the pages and a few very small chips to the page block but otherwise they are in very good condition.

Author(s):
Dean, Carolyn J.
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.5 x 0.5in
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0801449448
ISBN-13:
9780801449444
Number of pages:
193
Publisher:
Cornell University Press

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