Hostage: Terror and Triumph

Hostage: Terror and Triumph

Hostage: Terror and Triumph

Hostage: Terror and Triumph

Synopsis

This is the first book that takes a long-term perspective of the aftereffects of hostage-taking, by asking questions such as: Were there enduring effects of such an experience, and what might those effects be? How did survivors view their experience through the lens of time? Were there any positive effects associated with the experience? Campbell examines how hostage victims perceive their victimization, and how they go about the task of rebuilding their assumptive world. In sharing the intimate details of this process, the hostage survivors have allowed us to be close observers in their efforts to redefine their world and themselves.

Excerpt

This is a retrospective study examining the experience of being taken hostage and the subsequent recovery process, from the point of view of the hostage survivors. the research extends the growing body of literature on victims of psychological trauma. the study focused on a specific population of hostages: twelve correction officers who were taken hostage during prison riots. Subjects, therefore, were all male and between the ages of 28 and 62. the study concentrated on long-term perspectives; most subjects were involved in prison riots in New York State during 1970 (Auburn) and 1971 (Attica). the most recent riot was in 1983 in Sing-Sing.

This study utilized a qualitative research methodology and employed in-depth interviews to gather data. Interview questions elicited views of a hostage-taking incident and subsequent experiences along fairly broad dimensions. the interviews were conducted in a manner to permit flexibility and give respondents opportunities to introduce relevant issues from their own perspectives. This was deemed appropriate to the study's exploratory purpose and its phenomenological focus. Coded interview transcripts and other field notes were used for analysis.

The men who participated in this study spoke with remarkable eloquence and power. Their interview comments that are transcribed here were not subjected to editing for grammar or style. Their names have been changed to protect their privacy.

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