Embodiment in dramatherapy

Authored by: Ditty Dokter

Routledge International Handbook of Dramatherapy

Print publication date:  May  2016
Online publication date:  May  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138829725
eBook ISBN: 9781315728537
Adobe ISBN: 9781317543213


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Sabine Koch (2006), a dance movement therapist, has researched embodiment across the arts therapies. She stresses the emerging recognition of embodiment paradigms in the cognitive sciences, originating in Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology of perception (1962), and their importance for the theoretical underpinning of the arts therapies. She quotes Lakoff and Johnson (1999) to show that human embodiment, the human experience and the use of metaphor and imagination make science possible, and that the arts therapies have a contribution to make to this science. Coming from an anthropological perspective in my own research (Dokter 2010a, 2010b), I wonder whether the differences in human experience, as personified by cultural variables, may not influence the perception of, and ability to use, symbolic embodiment.

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