Menakem explores the intergenerational healing of racialized communities through his work as a somatics practitioner. Through story-based experiences, he illuminates his approach to a deeper understanding of the cultural, political, historical and social impacts of trauma, specifically on Black and racialized bodies. By understanding how trauma is stored in the personal and collective bodies, we can tap into somatic-based approaches and body-centered psychology to heal as individuals and communities.
An interview with Manakem that references material in the book “My Grandmother’s Hands” (in entry above), helping to further illuminate the impact of colonial and state-sanctioned incarceration, while bringing ideas of embodiment to repair and healing.
[French version: L’Ombre du Monde: Une Anthropologie de la Condition Carcérale]
This book is based on a four-year study of a short-stay prison in France, following inmates from trial to release. Included is an ethnographic analysis of social and racial inequalities and their interactions with the prison environment, correctional staff, and the role of the prison in society.