Psy 607: Trauma's Legacy
Topics by Week
Winter 2004 Graduate Seminar
Jennifer J. Freyd & Pamela Birrell
University of Oregon
Focus book for the course:
Millburn, M.A. & Conrad, S.D. (1996) The Politics of Denial. Cambidge,
MA: The MIT Press.
(This book is available for purchase in the text book section of the at the
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January 5: Introduction and Organization
January 12: The Politics of Denial
Discussion Leader: Anna Sontag (Discussion Notes)
- Millburn & Conrad, pages 1-72
January 19: NO CLASS MEMORIAL DAY
January 26: Childhood Experiences and Voting Behavior
Discussion Leader: Megan McDade (Discussion Notes)
- Millburn & Conrad, pages 73-166
February 2: Slavery & Racism
Discussion Leader: Mirsad Serdarevic (Discussion
- Millburn & Conrad, pages 167-238
February 9: Betrayal Blindness, Politics, and Ethics
February 16: Professor Ross Cheit Visiting
Guest : Professor Ross
Cheit Ross Cheit, J.D., Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Political
Science and Public Policy and Director of the Law and Public Policy program
at Brown University.
Title: Defining Deviancy Upside-Down: Social Science and the Misunderstanding
of Child Sexual Abuse
Abstract: It is often argued that state responses to child sexual abuse,
at least in the last decade, reflect the opposite of what Daniel Moynihan famously
conceptualized as "defining deviancy down." Charles Krauthammer has
argued that child abuse reflects an example of "defining deviancy up."
But the empirical support for this position is weak. Indeed, there is extensive
evidence to the contrary. Ironically, the "deviancy up" alarmists tend
to portray the ordinary as the "bizarre" (and hence, unbelievable).
The consequence is not to defining deviancy up, it is to define deviancy upside-down.
February 23: Denial of Child Abuse
Discussion Leaders: Lisa DeMarni Cromer and Carolyn Allard (Discussion
March 1: Culture, Trauma, & Perpetration
Guest Presenter: Professor Gordon C. Hall will present new data on cultural
risk and protective factors for sexual aggression among perpetrators of trauma
- Hall, G. C. N., & Barongan, C. (1997). Prevention of sexual aggression:
Sociocultural risk and protective factors. American Psychologist, 52,
- Hall, G. C. N., Teten, A., DeGarmo, D.S., Sue, S., & Stephen, K.A.,
(under review). Ethnicity, Culture, and Sexual Aggression: Risk and Protective
March 8: Non-Violent Social Change
Discussion Leader: Rachel Goldsmith (Discussion
- Part of Steven Wineman's book Power-Under: Trauma and Nonviolent Social
- Birrell, P.J. & Freyd, J.J. (in press) Betrayal Trauma: Relational Models
of Harm and Healing. Journal of Trauma Practice.
- Burstow, B. (2003) Toward a radical understanding of trauma and trauma work.
Violence Against Women, 9, 1293-1317.
March 15: Extra Class (exam week)-- Documentary Day
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