Cultural Trauma Issue Feature
Woman in a mask with her arm in the air, calling for solidarity.
Photograph by: Anita Pouchard Serra


"It Is What It Is":
Trauma as Context in Argentina

Medical anthropologist Livia Garofalo shows us how ghosts turn up daily in some places riddled with the past. Throughout, she discusses her experiences undertaking ethnographic fieldwork in an intensive care unit at a hospital on the outskirts of Buenos Aires as a prism for reflecting on the enduring presence of trauma in Argentina. As she maps out this ongoing history, she paints a portrait of a nation grappling with its own murky legacies, and points to what possibilities there are for envisioning new futures?

One response to ““It Is What It Is”: Trauma as Context in Argentina-2”

  1. Neil Hopkins says:

    Thank you for a fascinating and nuanced exploration of the continued traumas in Argentina. It’s left me feeling hopeful for the human spirit, which shines through the copy.

    “The future lives in memory” is amazing, jaw-dropping. The first line of a near-future cyberpunk dystopia, but found here, in the visceral day-to-day.

    The image choices are brilliant too – possibly the best in Peeps’ continued growth & constant improvement!

    Thank you!

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