"Second Class Loss": Political Culture as a Recovery Barrier-The Families of Terrorist Casualties' Struggle for National Honors, Recognition, and Belonging

Udi Lebel

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Abstract

Israeli families of terrorist victims have undertaken initiatives to include their dearest in the national pantheon. The objections opposed the penetration of "second-class loss" into the symbolic closure of heroic national bereavement. The "hierarchy of bereavement" is examined through the lens of political culture organized around the veneration held for the army fallen and their families, which has symbolic as well as rehabilitative outcomes. Families of civilian terror victims claims for similar status and treatment had to frame their loss as national in the eyes of the social policy. The article claimed linkage between collective memory and rehabilitation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-19
Number of pages11
JournalDeath Studies
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

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