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Aftershock: Confronting Trauma in a Violent World: A Guide for Activists and Their Allies

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pattrice jones sets the stage to begin healing the trauma associated with not just resisting oppression and injustice, but having to experience it. She offers real steps toward recognizing and correcting the problems facing humans, our planet and our animal relations. This book is a light in the dark for those of us who have dared to challenge the status quo." Jeffrey "Fre ...more
Paperback, 257 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Lantern Books
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A. Breeze Harper
Sep 16, 2008 A. Breeze Harper rated it it was amazing


I am going to comment A LOT about this book. I loved this book. It was extremely excited when I heard that pattrice was coming out with a book, back in 2007. I say this because I first ran across pattrice's amazing "consciousness", while looking for resources that address the interconnectedness of all oppressions. Though I can't tell you the exact URL of the interview of her that I read, I remember being absolutely elated by being exposed to her thinking process!

"Aftershock" taught me a lot abou
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Colin
Apr 11, 2008 Colin rated it did not like it
Quite possibly the whitest book i have ever read. I got to page 80, and could NOT bring myself to finish it. One of my "favorite" quotes from the book: "none of us are free while some of us are caged." Pure white-ass vegan propaganda right there. In attempting to argue an animal rights/environmental perspective, Jones manages to belittle and minimize racism to an incredibly offensive degree while trying to use the cultural resonance of racism to legitimize animals as human beings and bring "us"- ...more
Kat
Jun 11, 2012 Kat rated it liked it
I was extremely excited to read this book as I cross a lot of subject matter in my activism and worklife; having over 25 years of feminist activism and scholarship myself. The idea of blending a feminist perspective with psychology and activism seemed an idea whose time had come! While much of the book was compelling and informative, it was equally charge with Jones' particular flavor of eco-feminist perspective. If you are in agreement with her politics and are philosophically alligned with her ...more
Tinea
Jan 03, 2011 Tinea rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people engaged in direct action and support roles
A very useful book that I strongly recommend to other activists. My review is long because I feel like the information in Aftershock is so sorely absent from activist discourse that I wanted to share as much of it as I could.
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I don't think I was critical enough of the political standpoint that frames this book.
Please check out this comment from a friend that calls out this book's transphobia and 'animal lib shame train': "fuck a book about healing trauma that re-traumatizes people
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NK
Oct 30, 2013 NK rated it it was amazing
This book was a combination of different topics. It basically discussed the difficulties of being an activist & how to prepare yourself for encounters & how to deal w/ the emotional toll it takes on you. There are other portions of the book that have to do w/ other kinds of trauma, like abuse & how that effects your mental health & outlook when dealing w/ certain issues. The way she wrote the book it can be read cover to cover or by the chapters that interest you. I guess I could ...more
Rachel
May 15, 2015 Rachel rated it it was ok
oh please white masc person (and co-author of SISTAH VEGAN, wtf) tell me again how if i don't stop eating animal products i will never fully recover from my trauma. thanks that was good for some lols.
Lio
Dec 24, 2013 Lio rated it it was ok
Two things:

As an activist with trauma experience, this book helped me to see where I'm stuck at when I read the begining of the book about how certain situations affect people/activists and that there are not enough opportunities to help activists get help or being taken serious, even on a professional level.

However, thee are other things I didn't like at the end of the book:

- transphobia ("gender is a social construct", "some women try to escape the violence by literally becoming men")

- deman
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Kelly
Oct 14, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
The REAL ‘War on Terra’

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review at the publisher's invitation.)

AFTERSHOCK: CONFRONTING TRAUMA IN A VIOLENT WORLD -> A GUIDE FOR ACTIVISTS AND THEIR ALLIES is psychotherapist/radical progressive activist pattrice jones's gift to her fellow activists and allies. In it, she imparts her plans for the REAL 'war on terror' - "the struggle for a world in which nobody lives in fear of atrocities perpetrated by human beings." This involves healin
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Peacegal
Jan 16, 2013 Peacegal rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
I am glad I read this book. While a lot of the information on trauma and depression was information I already knew, I did learn some new things as well, so it gave me a lot to think about.

I also like that the author was very inclusive, speaking to activists involved in many different causes. She reminds of Zoe Weil in that way.

Some symptoms of depression and trauma are, I think, unique to activists, while others are more general across the population. For example, for decades I have struggled w
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DJ
Oct 24, 2013 DJ rated it it was ok
Shelves: mental-health
there are many important insights addressed here that i don't often see in published work on trauma.

here's why i gave it two stars, though. first, fairly late in the book there's an extremely transphobic remark that comes out of nowhere- she suggests that trauma is the reason that people (like me) assigned female at birth to transition to male. that type of thinking is so ignorant, callous, and harmful to trans survivors that i really hesitate to recommend the book as a result.

in addition, i thi
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AJ
Feb 10, 2010 AJ rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book even though I'm not much of an activist. I found the information on how to cope with trauma and depressing to be useful, even after having dealt with such things. It's a book I'll probably refer to in the future if I ever have any such problems again. I would definitely recommend it to any radical who is or isn't an activist, but especially activists or friends of activists.
Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea
A remarkable book! I read this at a really shaky time in my life. I felt validated by her words and concepts. I was also able to reconceptualize my own trauma in order to find a way to heal what had been shattered. It was so refreshing, inclusive, and accessible. pattrice jones is awesome and I highly encourage activists or their allies to pick this book up and read it!
Bart
Feb 10, 2008 Bart rated it really liked it
Aftershock is a powerful look at trauma and healing in activist communities. pattrice jones addresses these issues with an ecofeminist perspective, one that delves into uncomfortable but necessary issues for activists to confront.
Frances
Nov 08, 2013 Frances rated it did not like it
Shelves: trauma-studies
this book is full of some second wave, borderline transphobic stuff towards the end. i remember taking it on a camping trip and underlining pages of things i disagreed with. there are better books about confronting trauma.
Sarahjane
I found a lot of peace from Aftershock, and appreciate the heart that went into it. It's insightful and brilliant.
Dayna R
Oct 10, 2012 Dayna R rated it it was amazing
Shelves: activisty
Great book. Made me reconsider a lot of how I interact with and judge other activists.
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Queer eco-anarcha-feminist educator and activist. Cofounder of VINE Sanctuary. In addition to the books listed below, has contributed to the following anthologies: Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth (Bloomsbury, 2014) Sister Species: Women, Animals and Social Justice (University of Illinois Press, 2011); Contemporary Anarchist Studies (Routledge, 2009); Igniting ...more
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