Writings of Healing and Resistance: Empathy and the Imagination-Intellect is a multi-authored, interdisciplinary journey. It continues the work started in Public Education and the Imagination-Intellect (Peter Lang, 2003) by extending the importance of empathy in developing an action-based social consciousness. Mary E. Weems doesn’t argue for a specific way of pursuing an empathy connected to mind, body, and spirit: She acknowledges that just as artists work in various media, each with their own process for sharing how they think and feel about a particular topic or moment, each individual may arrive in their own way at a deep, spiritual, close identification with the experiences of the other.
Writings of Healing and Resistance encompasses a variety of forms: autoethnography, ethnodrama, poetic inquiry, and critical essay, as well as scholars’ work in a number of disciplines including communications, cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, educational leadership, African American studies, and cultural foundations.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2013. XII, 166 pp., num. ill.
Contents: Norman K. Denzin: Introduction: Hope, Pedagogy and the Imagination-Intellect – Mary E. Weems: One Love: Empathy
and the Imagination-Intellect – Susan V. Iverson: A Space for Imagination: The Power of Group Process and Reflective Writing
to Cultivate Empathy for Self and Others – Mitra Emad: Anarchic Thinking in Acupuncture’s Origins: The Body as a Site for
Cultivating Imagination-Intellect – Dominique C. Hill: Call and Response: Writing to Answer the Urge of a Bruised Spirit –
Elyse Pineau: The Kindness of [Medical] Strangers: An Ethnopoetic Account of Embodiment, Empathy, and Engagement – Amira Davis:
The Poetics of Black Mother-Womanhood – Mary E. Weems: Stop in the Name of: An Auto/ethnographic Response to Violence against
Black Women – Norman K. Denzin: A Telephone Call – Durrell Callier: Tell It: A Contemporary Chorale for Black Youth Voices
– Akil Houston: Tasseography as a Healing Practice: Education in a Post-Racial Classroom – Mary E. Weems: What Does It Mean
to Be a Nigger in the Academy? – Marcelo Diversi/Claudio Moreira: Migrant Stories: Searching for Healing in Autoethnographies
of Diaspora – Jonathan Wyatt: In Trouble: Desire, Deleuze, and the Middle-Aged Man.