Somatics and Society

School of Professional Psychology and Health SOM 6201 3.00

A study of how individual bodies, as well as individual experiences of the body, are shaped from infancy by major social institutions (education, medicine, religion, science, the media, etc.), and how that shaping process anchors the power of those institutions in our perceptions and emotional responses to authority. Focuses on how people are coaxed to neglect the sources of wisdom and decision making within the social body, and to give authority to publicly designated experts and authorities. Particular attention is given to the question "What does it mean to be a somatic therapist or educator in a world characterized by widespread abuse of both the personal and political body?" SOM student

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