Medicine Stories: History, Culture and the Politics of Integrity

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In Medicine Stories, Levins Morales writes lucidly about the complexities of social identity. Her lyrical meditations on ecology, children's liberation, sexuality, and history show how political transformation and personal healing are inextricably bound. Levins Morales is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and was raised as a Jewish "red diaper baby" in the mountains of Puerto Rico.

At the heart of this book is the conviction that our survival depends on crafting a political practice capable of healing all our wounds, from global, macro-economic injustices to the intimate scars of cruelty in our own lives. With essays on Puerto Rican-Jewish relations, English as a Puerto Rican language, and race and the invention of "whiteness".

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Aurora Levins Morales opens our eyes to the risks we need to confront in order to do serious feminist history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896085824
  • Publisher: South End Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1999
  • Series: Women's Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 135
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Political is Personal: How I Wrote This Book 3
Historian as Curandera
False Memories: Trauma and Liberation 11
The Historian as Curandera 23
The Tribe of Guarayamin 39
Nightflying: Transforming Traumatic Memory 45
The Politics of Childhood 51
Speaking in Tongues
On Not Writing English 57
Forked Tongues: On Not Speaking Spanish 61
Certified Organic Intellectual: On Not Being Postmodern 67
Raicism: Rootedness as Spiritual and Political Practice 75
What Race Isn't: Teaching Racism 79
Puerto Ricans and Jews 83
Privilege and Loss
Class, Privilege and Loss 93
Nadie la Tiene: Land, Ecology and Nationalism 97
Torturers 111
Radical Pleasure: Sex and the End of Victimhood 117
Circle Unbroken: The Politics of Inclusion 121
Walking the Talk, Dancing to the Music: The Sustainable Activist Life 127
Index 131
About the Author and the Publisher 136
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