Art in Action: Expressive Arts Therapy and Social Change

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The field of expressive arts is closely tied to the therapeutic change: As well as being beneficial for the individual or small group, expressive arts therapy has the potential for a much wider impact: to inspire social action and bring about social change.

The book's contributions explore the transformative power of the arts therapies in areas stricken by conflict, political unrest, poverty, or natural disaster and discuss how and why expressive arts therapy works. They look at the ways it can be used to engage community consciousness and improve social conditions whilst taking into account the issues that arise within different context and populations Leading expressive arts therapy practitioners give inspiring accounts of their work, form using poetry as a tool in trauma intervention with Iraqi survivors of war and torture to setting up storytelling workshops to aid the integration of Ethiopian Jewish immigrants in Israel.

Offering visionary perspectives on the role of the arts in inspiring change at the community or social level, this is essential reading for students and practitioners of creative and expressive arts therapies, as well as psychotherapists, counselors, artists, and others working to effect social change.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849058209
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/15/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,025,173
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen G. Levine is co-founder and faculty of ISIS Canada and a member of the Senior Staff at the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre for Children's Mental Health in Toronto, Canada. She is Core Faculty and Dean of Individualized Studies in Expressive Arts Therapy at the European Graduate School in Switzerland. Stephen K. Levine is Professor Emeritus of Social Science at York University in Toronto, Canada, Vice-Provost and Dean of the Doctoral Program in Expressive Arts: Therapy, Education, Consulting and Social Change at the European Graduate School in Switzerland, and Co-Director of ISIS Canada. Ellen and Stephen have authored and edited many books in the field of expressive arts therapy.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Foreword:Eureka! Discovering Gold in a Leaden World Michelle LeBaron 9

Part I Principles 19

1 Art Opens to the World: Expressive Arts and Social Action Stephen K. Levine 21

2 From Social Change to Art Therapy and Back Again: A Memoir Ellen Levine 31

3 Social Activism within Expressive Arts "Therapy": What's in a Name? Karen Estrella 42

4 Communal Art-making and Conflict Transformation Paolo J. Knill 53

5 From the Studio to the World: How Expressive Arts Therapy Can Help Further Social Change Shaun McNiff 78

Part II Issues 93

6 A Social-Critical Reading of Indigenous Women's Art: The Use of Visual Data to "Show," rather than "Tell," of the Intersection of Different Layers of Oppression Ephrat Huss 95

7 Inside-Out Outside-In: Found Objects and Portable Studio Debra Kalmanowitz Bobby Lloyd 104

8 From Private Pain Toward Public Speech: Poetry Therapy with Iraqi Survivors of Torture and War Shanee Stepakoff Samer Hussein Mariam AI-Salahat Insherab Musa Moath Asfoor Eman AI-Houdali Maysa AI-Hmouz 128

Part III Projects 145

9 The Choreography of Absence: (In)habiting the Imagination after War Carrie Macleod 147

10 Creating Space for Change: The Use of Expressive Arts with Vulnerable Children and Women Prisoners in Sub-Saharan Africa Gloria Simoneaux 159

11 Beauty in the Rough places Karen Abbs 173

12 Art as a Gift: Expressive Arts in Bolivia Sally S. Atkins 189

13 A Black Dog on a Green Meadow: Doing Expressive Arts Therapy in Peru: Some Headlines TAE PerĂº Judith Alalu Jose Miguel Calderon Ximena Mauriai Monica Prado Martin ZaVala 199

14 These Stories are Burning a Hole in my Brain: Using the Arts to Tell the Stories of the Ethiopian Jewish Immigrant Community in Israel Vivien Marcow Speiser Samuel Schwartz 210

Afterword: The Power of Poiesis MaryBeth Morand 229

Contributors 230

Subject Index 234

Author Index 239

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