Oppression and the Body: Roots, Resistance, and Resolutions

Oppression and the Body: Roots, Resistance, and Resolutions


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A timely anthology that explores power, privilege, and oppression and their relationship to marginalized bodies
Asserting that the body is the main site of oppression in Western 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 of people who are brown, black, female, transgender, disabled, fat, or queer are often shamed, sexualized, ignored, and oppressed, what does it mean to live in a marginalized body? Through theory, personal narrative, and artistic expression, this anthology explores how power, privilege, oppression, and attempted disembodiment play out on the bodies of disparaged individuals and what happens when the body’s expression is stereotyped and stunted. Bringing together a range of voices, this book offers strategies and practices for embodiment and activism and considers what it means to be an embodied ally to anyone experiencing bodily oppression.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623172015
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 03/20/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 278,410
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

LUCIA BENNETT LEIGHTON, MA, LPCC, R-DMT, has a master’s degree from Naropa University’s Somatic Counseling Psychology program. She has been writing and researching in the field of somatic psychology for several years and considers her exploration of oppression and embodiment the cornerstone of her career as a professional counselor; she thus plans to continue writing and researching on the topic for many years to come. Currently, she is a school-based therapist as well as an eating disorder therapist and uses a body-centered, social justice–based approach to counseling. Bennett Leighton’s research and writing has been published in JAMA Psychiatry, Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, and American Journal of Dance Therapy. She lives in Denver, Colorado, with her wife Erin.
CHRISTINE CALDWELL, PhD, BC-DMT, LPC, NCC, ACS, is the founder and professor emeritus of the Somatic Counseling Program at Naropa University, where she taught 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 University, Concordia University, Seoul Women’s University, Southwestern College, and Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, and trains, teaches, and lectures internationally. She has published over thirty articles and chapters; her books include Getting Our Bodies Back, Getting In Touch, and Bodyfulness.

Table of Contents

Preface: Who We Are and Why We're Here xi

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction 1

Part 1 The Oppression of the Body in Societies

Chapter 1 The Trauma of Oppression: A Somatic Perspective 17

Chapter 2 Body Identity Development: Who We Are and Who We Become 31

Chapter 3 I Am a Body on the Body of the Earth 53

Chapter 4 Fat Embodiment: The Case for Ethical Reading 65

Part 2 Marginalized Bodies in Society

Chapter 5 Stolen Bodies, Reclaimed Bodies: Disability and Queerness 89

Chapter 6 Queering/Querying the Body: Sensation and Curiosity in Disrupting Body Norms 97

Chapter 7 The Transcarceral Body: Beyond the Enemy Behind Me-From Incarceration to Emancipation 113

Chapter 8 The Oppression of Black Bodies: The Demand to Simulate White Bodies and White Embodiment 141

Chapter 9 The Violence of Medicalization 157

Part 3 Embodied Action

Chapter 10 Queer Resistance: Reclamation and Resilience 171

Chapter 11 Moving Between Identities: Embodied Code-Switching 181

Chapter 12 Trauma and the Body: Somatic Practices for Everyday Resiliency 205

Chapter 13 Transforming Distress: Grieving Dysphoric Bodies in Community 217

Index 239

Author and Artist Biographies 247

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