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Embodied Social Justice


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Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Part I: Body stories 2. Embodied inquiry 3. Crissy's body story 4. Pat's body story 5. Natalie's body story 6. Zaylie's body story 7. Rae's body story 8. Learning from the body stories Part II: Oppression and embodiment 9. (Un)learning oppression 10. Learning through the body Part III: Grasping and transforming the embodied experience of oppression 11. The cycle of embodied critical learning and transformation 12. Implications and applications 13. Community resources

About the Author

Rae Johnson, Ph.D., RSMT, is a queer-identified social worker, somatic movement therapist, and scholar working at the intersection of somatic studies and social justice. They chair the Somatic Studies in Depth Psychology program at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California.


"Ground-breaking and indispensable for critical and feminist theory, this book provides important new ways of thinking about how bodies are shaped, influenced and colonized within unequal societies. In a time of growing social inequality, the author offers real insights into how we might resist the social, political and cultural changes that are lived through our bodies." - Sherry Shapiro, Professor Emerita, Meredith College, Fulbright Scholar, USA

"Oppression spares no body. The injustices we craft our lives within are both systemic and intimate, taking root in the flesh. Rather than pit the political against the body, Embodied Social Justice reveals their interpenetration, opening up mindful awareness of the life of the political within our very tissues and movements." - Mary Watkins, co-author of Toward Psychologies of Liberation

"A much needed, well written, and profoundly useful book that will help change the course of somatics and social justice work. Through research and first hand stories, the author shows us the effects of oppression on all bodies, then follows up with practical, powerful, and progressive practices that can bring us back home to ourselves." - Christine Caldwell, PhD, BC-DMT, LPC, author of Getting in Touch and founding Chair of the Somatic Counseling Program at Naropa University, USA

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