A unique and timely anthology that explores the concepts of power, privilege and oppression, embodiment and activism and their relationships to marginalized bodies in Western society
Asserting that the body is the main site of oppression in our society, the contributors to this pioneering volume explore the complex issue of embodiment and how it relates to social inclusion and marginalization. In a culture where bodies belonging to people who are brown, black, female, transgendered, disabled, fat, or queer are often shamed, sexualized, ignored, and oppressed, what does it mean to be live in a marginalized body? Through theory, personal narrative, and artistic expression, this book explores how power, privilege, oppression, and attempted dis-embodiment play out on the bodies of marginalized individuals and what happens when the body's expression is stereotyped and stunted. Bringing together a range of voices, this book also offers strategies and practices for embodiment and activism and considers what it means to be an embodied ally to anyone experiencing bodily oppression.
CHRISTINE CALDWELL, PhD, BC-DMT, LPC, NCC, ACS, is the founder and former director of the Somatic Counseling Program at Naropa University, where she teaches somatic counseling, clinical neuroscience, research, and diversity issues. Her work, called the Moving Cycle, spotlights natural play, early physical imprinting, fully sequenced movement processes, the opportunities in addiction, and a trust in the authoritative knowledge of the body. She has taught at the University of Maryland, George Washington, Concordia, Seoul Women's University, Southwestern College, and Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, and trains, teaches, and lectures internationally. She has published over 30 articles and chapters, and her books include Getting Our Bodies Back and Getting In Touch.
LUCIA BENNETT LEIGHTON is a Masters student in Naropa University's Somatic Counseling Psychology program, focusing her studies on Body Psychotherapy and Dance Movement Therapy. She considers her exploration of oppression and embodiment to be the cornerstone of her career as a professional counselor. She lives in Denver, CO, with her wife, Erin, and their two cats.