Liberated to the Bone: Histories. Bodies. Futures

AK Pr. (Emergent Strategy Series). Nov. 2022. 264p. ISBN 9781849354653. pap. $22. SOC SCI
Liberation often feels like an abstract concept, but as activists like adrienne maree brown have recently shown, mending social relations and societal ills, especially those that violence shapes, intersects with healing physical bodies as well. With attention to the deep structural roots of oppression and its corporeality, Raffo’s (Restricted Access; Queerly Classed) book—part of the “Emergent Strategy Series” edited by brown—has created a powerful exploration of the importance of the body when addressing generational trauma, social justice, and unfinished histories. Raffo, who is part of the Healing Histories Project, which focuses on transforming the medical-industrial complex and confronting eugenic legacies, offers three approaches to healing, including ending the violence associated with these issues and firmly planting oneself’ in the present.
VERDICT Visceral and readable without ever feeling too steeped in theory or jargon, Raffo’s accessible book helps show that roots matter more than what many see and that change is impossible without a real weeding, a structural dismantling of what people prefer to simply cover up or look away from.
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