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dc.contributor.advisorComaroff, John
dc.contributor.authorHawkins, Samantha
dc.date.accessioned2021-11-22T18:03:57Z
dc.date.created2021
dc.date.issued2021-09-09
dc.date.submitted2021-11
dc.identifier.citationHawkins, Samantha. 2021. C/Harm City: The Drama of the Baltimore Street in Three Acts. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
dc.identifier.other28768242
dc.identifier.urihttps://nrs.harvard.edu/URN-3:HUL.INSTREPOS:37370214*
dc.description.abstractThis is an ethnography of homicide and its effects in inner-city Baltimore based on over 14 months of fieldwork in the city, much of it in support groups, at community meetings, candlelight vigils, on street corners, and in the living rooms of parents whose children had recently been murdered. The study demonstrates how violence shapes healing processes, unapologetically creating a “new normal” for the residents of Baltimore. It argues that collective pain and the experience of grief engender a crisis of meaning for homicide survivors, perpetrators, the police, and the public. Trauma born of grieving desensitizes, shifts moral compasses, and weakens familial bonds, allowing the everyday assaults of institutionalized racism and economic inequality to become even more acute. What is more, the study shows, violence can create circumstances that lead to further dispossession and poverty. What results is a reproductive cycle of violent death, its politicization, its affect, and its effects. C/Harm City analyzes how the narratives and memories of violence interact with efforts to mitigate it—through criminal justice, retribution, and activism. It offers a descriptive analysis of the social and cultural implications of violent crime in Baltimore as experienced, and communicated to me, by city residents. As such, it offers a case study of the ways in which collective trauma and its emotional economy may come to structure a social world.
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dc.language.isoen
dash.licenseLAA
dc.subjectBereavement
dc.subjectCrime
dc.subjectGrief
dc.subjectHomicide
dc.subjectInner-city violence
dc.subjectViolence
dc.subjectCultural anthropology
dc.subjectSocial research
dc.subjectAmerican studies
dc.titleC/Harm City: The Drama of the Baltimore Street in Three Acts
dc.typeThesis or Dissertation
dash.depositing.authorHawkins, Samantha
dc.date.available2021-11-22T18:03:57Z
thesis.degree.date2021
thesis.degree.grantorHarvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.namePh.D.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRalph, Laurence
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWilliams, Kaya
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentAnthropology
dc.identifier.orcidSamHawkins
dash.author.emailsamanthadianehawkins@gmail.com


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