Healing Across Generations
by Judith Shulevitz
How is trauma passed on from one generation to the next? What does an intergenerational process of healing look like? This article delves into recent research on and personal narratives of different populations who have suffered historical traumas. By examining the parallels and differences between communities of Cambodian refugees, Jewish Holocaust survivors, and Native Americans, Shulevitz explores avenues to “untangle the web of relationships among biology, culture, and history. Do social forces transform our biology? Or does biology ‘permeate the social and cultural fiber’? How do you even begin to tease these things apart?” How might understanding these complexities offer a new framework for healing across age, time, and space?