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Working with the Embodied Experience of Oppression

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Rae Johnson

on 4 September 2017

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Transcript of Working with the Embodied Experience of Oppression

Working with the Embodied Experience of Oppression
Embodied Experience
Embodied Critical Reflection
Integrated Distillation
Embodied Critical Experimentation
We learn oppression through our everyday embodied interactions
Oppression is often experienced as microaggression
Multiple social identities intersect to inform our experience
Oppression is traumatic
Somatic literacy can support critical consciousness
We can be more intentional in how we learn from experience
Embodied Critical Reflection
What social norms were in play?
What social categories of difference were operating?
Where was privilege held?
What asymmetries were enacted?
What assumptions were being made?
What questions weren't being asked?
Felt Sense
Integrated Distillation
Many creative processes may be used
offers one method
This step works to help name the nonverbal and implicit and make meaning of experience
Concepts may take the form of images and gestures as well as words
Self-generated concepts are privileged over other-generated concepts
Identifying the "right" meaning results in an embodied felt shift
Handle and
Felt Shift
Embodied Critical Experimentation
This phase asks, "How could this be different?"
Where are the openings for change?
What are the obstacles to change?
Who changes?
Is there a movement, gesture, or posture that could change?
Is there an image of change?
What happens in your body when you imagine this differently?
What sensations or movement impulses arose during the experience?
What was happening in the intercorporeal field?
Was body image a component?
Developmental Lens
Somatic Lens
Emotional Lens
Trauma Lens
Critical Lens
What trauma responses (for example, ANS arousal, intrusion, constriction) were evident in the experience?
Are they occurring in the retelling of the experience?
What emotions were present during the experience?
What emotions are present during the retelling?
What emotions are missing?
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