‘Better safe than sorry’: examining trauma as an obstacle to empowerment and social change in a U.S. intimate partner violence intervention
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AbstractCommunication for social change (CSC) research often addresses ‘empowerment.’ This paper argues that CSC must better incorporate trauma healing into the concept of empowerment, and thus into a revised model of social change. Data from a U.S. intimate partner violence intervention are used to provide evidence for the validity of, and usefulness of, such a revised model. Three broad theoretical arguments are offered regarding trauma within CSC: (1) trauma is rarely addressed outside peacebuilding interventions, but is relevant to other marginalized populations; (2) storytelling work has mostly focused on its politically empowering effects, and insufficiently on its healing effects related to trauma as a precursor to political empowerment; and (3) storytelling work almost always assumes an audience, but there is also value in internal communication – e.g. telling a story to oneself or journaling – when trauma has limited one’s opportunities for communication.
CitationKogen, L. (2021). ‘Better safe than sorry’: examining trauma as an obstacle to empowerment and social change in a U.S. intimate partner violence intervention, Journal of Applied Communication Research. https://doi.org/10.1080/00909882.2021.1978521
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in 'Journal of Applied Communication Research' on 2021-09-24, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00909882.2021.1978521.
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