The Diffusion Process of the Concept of Trauma in Contemporary Japan, 1990s–2000s The Diffusion Process of the Concept of Trauma in Contemporary Japan, 1990s-2000s

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This paper intends to analyze the diffusion process of the concept of trauma and PTSD in Japan during the past quarter century. As some scholars have often pointed out, a primary trigger for the dissemination of the knowledge about PTSD in Japan was the Great Hanshin Earthquake, occurred in 1995. However, since before the earthquake, there has been a growing public interest in the psychological theory about child abuse and childhood trauma elicited by some non-fiction bestsellers or TV dramas around 1990 in this country, and such cultural background drove the swift diffusion of the concept of trauma and PTSD after 1995. In addition, from the late 1990s onward, intense media coverages about PTSD associated with a wide range of incidents (such as large-scale accidents, indiscriminate killings, traffic accidents, and stalking activities) arouse public attention to the concept of trauma and emotional damages of human beings. In this paper, I describe the foregoing diffusion process of the knowledge on psychic trauma in Japanese society and analyze this phenomenon from the viewpoint of a social constructionist approach to social problems.

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  • 埼玉大学紀要. 教養学部

    埼玉大学紀要. 教養学部 54(1), 1-9, 2018

    Faculty of Liberal Arts, Saitama University

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  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    120006534716
  • NII NACSIS-CAT ID (NCID)
    AA12017560
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • Article Type
    departmental bulletin paper
  • Journal Type
    大学紀要
  • ISSN
    1349-824X
  • NDL Article ID
    029384029
  • NDL Call No.
    Z71-N786
  • Data Source
    NDL  IR 
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