Oppression and the Body

Roots, Resistance, and Resolutions
by Christine Caldwell & Lucia Bennett Leighton
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Publisher: North Atlantic Books

Publication Date: March 20, 2018

ISBN: 9781623172022

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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.