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FRIDAY SEMINAR SERIES | Men, Masculinities and Trauma



Start Date

20 May 2016 1:00 pm

End Date

20 May 2016 2:00 pm

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An Institute for the Study of Social Change and School of Social Sciences seminar

presented by

Professor Rebecca S. Katz

For some boys and men the institutional expectations that necessitate becoming competitive physicality, developing emotional control, and having economic success are constrained. These structural and interpersonal impediments to traditional masculine performances include childhood experiences in psychologically and socially painful traumatic interpersonal experiences as well as microaggressions and macro-aggressions that include poverty and racism. Life history interviews with twenty-five incarcerated men uncover these early histories of child physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect compelling them to repress their feelings by acting out through crime and substance abuse. Moreover, structural poverty and institutional racism further propel these men into crime and substance abuse.

Professor Katz's research focuses on institutional, structural and interpersonal racial, economic and gender inequalities and traumatic victimization and substance abuse. She has published in the following journals, "Critical Criminology", "Contemporary Justice Review", "Journal of Pan-African Studies", "International Criminal Justice Review", "Violence Against Women", "Crime, Law, and Social Change", "Western Criminology Review", "Sociological Focus", and the "Journal of Criminal Justice Education" and other monographs. She published a book in 2004 called "The Georgian Regime Crisis of 2003-2004 A Case Study in Post-Soviet Media Representations of Politics, Crime and Corruption" and has written two book chapters, one in "For the Common Good: A Critical Examination of Law and Social Control", in 2004 and another forthcoming in "Reconceptualizing Critical Victimology: Interventions and Possibilities", called "Boys to Offenders: Damaging Masculinity and Traumatic Victimization". Dr. Katz has taught at Morehead State University for the last twenty years and spent twelve years in the mental health and substance abuse field as a mental health counselor. Prior to that she was an officer in the U.S. Military serving during the cold war. She has recently has revisited her previous work, by being employed in a residential substance abuse treatment facility.

WHEN | Friday 20 May 2016, 1.00pm to 2.00pm

WHERE | Law 132 Seminar Room, Law Building, Sandy Bay Campus

CONTACT | Dr Louise Grimmer, Institute for the Study of Social Change

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