Who Is Wellness For? An Examination of Wellness Culture and Who It Leaves Behind

HarperAudio. Jun. 2022. 10:25 hrs. ISBN 9780063077102. $27.99. HEALTH
In a work that is both memoir and documentary, artist and writer Róisín (Like a Bird) interrogates the extraction and commodification of wellness modalities from their Indigenous practitioners by white capitalist societies. This book deplores the practice of making these modalities palatable to a white audience by divorcing them from the spiritualism of their Indigenous practitioners and by pricing these modalities beyond the means of many BIPOC people who would benefit from them. Róisín narrates her own work herself, which brings an intimacy and intensity that insists the listener reexamine the global cost of unrestrained capitalism and biopiracy. She employs a standard American modulation and speaking style. This book is recommended for those interested in BIPOC issues and work by BIPOC writers and thinkers.
VERDICT It would also be of interest to survivors of abuse and feelings of alienation or those wanting to learn about the impact of capitalism on the ecologies of non-Western nations.
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