Bonnie Scarth

New Zealand Project Support, 2015

NEW ZEALAND 1 - Bonnie Jean Scarth

Bonnie Scarth spent the 2015-16 academic year working in the Anthropology Department at Cornell University, pursuing a comparative research project on the subjective meanings, lived experiences, and potential transformations of trauma among women diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the U.S. and New Zealand. With a background in family violence and sexual assault prevention, Scarth explored the impact of applying a medical diagnosis to someone who has experienced violence, and investigated the role of the medical and justice systems in contributing to or complicating the potential for transformation of lived experience.