The Politics of Trauma: Somatics, Healing, and Social Justice

The Politics of Trauma: Somatics, Healing, and Social Justice


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An essential tool for healers, therapists, activists, and survivors of trauma who are interested in a justice-centered approach to somatic transformation

The Politics of Trauma offers somatics with a social analysis. This book is for therapists and social activists who understand that trauma healing is not just for individuals—and that social change is not just for movement builders. Just as health practitioners need to consider the societal factors underlying trauma, so too must activists understand the physical and mental impacts of trauma on their own lives and the lives of the communities with whom they organize. Trauma healing and social change are, at their best, interdependent. Somatics has proven to be particularly effective in addressing trauma, but in practice it typically focuses solely on the individual, failing to integrate the social conditions that create trauma in the first place. Staci K. Haines, somatic innovator and cofounder of generative somatics, invites readers to look beyond individual experiences of body and mind to examine the social, political, and economic roots of trauma—including racism, environmental degradation, sexism, and poverty. Haines helps readers identify, understand, and address these sources of trauma to help us bridge individual healing with social transformation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623173876
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 11/19/2019
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 168,140
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

STACI K. HAINES is the founder of generative somatics, a multiracial social justice organization bringing somatics to social and environmental justice leaders, organizations, and alliances. Staci is a senior teacher in the field of Somatics; she design and leads programs in Somatics and trauma, embodied leadership, and Somatics in organizations, as well as leading teacher training programs. She has a somatic coaching practice that primarily serves social movement leaders and trauma and violence survivors and has been working and teaching in the field of Somatics since 1997.

Haines is also the founder of generationFIVE, a social justice organization whose mission is to end the sexual abuse of children within 5 generations through survivor leadership, community organizing, transformative justice approaches and movement building. Additionally she is the author of Healing Sex: A Mind Body Approach to Healing Sexual Trauma (Cleis 1999, 2007), a how-to book offering a Somatic approach to recovery from sexual trauma and developing healthy sexual and intimate relationships. Healing Sex has been nationally recognized and translated into German, Japanese and Spanish.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Gratitude xiii

Introduction 1

Part 1 Somatics and Social Conditions

Chapter 1 Somatics-A Radically Different View of Who We Are 17

Chapter 2 Sites of Shaping, Sites of Change 47

Part 2 Trauma and Oppression

Chapter 3 Individual and Systemic Trauma: A Somatic Understanding 73

Chapter 4 The Impact of Trauma and Oppression 95

Chapter 5 Safety, Belonging, and Dignity 133

Part 3 Transforming: I, You, and We

Chapter 6 The Arc of Transformation-Overview 155

Chapter 7 Arc Circle One-Vision and Longing 163

Chapter 8 Arc Circle Two-Embodied Resilience 193

Chapter 9 Arc Circle Two-Regenerating Safety 217

Chapter 10 Arc Circle Three-Somatic Opening and Disorganization 255

Chapter 11 Arc Circle Four-Healing Shame, Interdependence, and Generative Conflict 297

Chapter 12 Arc Circle Five-Embodying Change 337

Part 4 Healing and Social Change: We Are in It Together

Chapter 13 Personal and Systemic Transformation 353

Critical Context

Power-Over: An Intersectional Analysis 381

Afterword 407

Glossary of Terms 411

Resources and Lineages/Accountability 421

References 423

Index 431

About the Author 447

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