2nd Edition

Integrating Mindfulness into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy Social Justice in Higher Education

By Beth Berila Copyright 2024
    234 Pages
    by Routledge

    234 Pages
    by Routledge

    Drawing from mindfulness education and social justice teaching, this book explores an effective Anti-Oppression pedagogy for university and college classrooms. Authentic classroom discussions about oppression and diversity can be difficult; a mindful approach allows students to explore their experiences with compassion and to engage in critical inquiry to confront their deeply held beliefs and value systems. This engaging book is full of practical tips for deepening learning, addressing challenging situations, and providing mindfulness practices in anti-oppression classrooms. In this fully revised edition, Dr. Berila positions discussion in the current context and expands exploration of power and implicit bias, transformative learning, and trauma. Integrating Mindfulness into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy is for all higher education professionals interested in and teaching Social Justice pedagogy that empowers and engages students in the complex unlearning of oppression.

    Acknowledgements  Preface  Chapter 1: Mindful Anti-Oppression Pedagogy  Chapter 2: Reconnecting with Our Full Being   Chapter 3: Oppression, Trauma, and Embodied Healing  Chapter 4: Dismantling Privilege: An Embodied (Un)Learning  Chapter 5: Supporting Embodied Transformation  Chapter 6: Critiques and Challenges of Mindful Anti-Oppression Pedagogy  Chapter 7: Co-Creating Better Worlds


    Beth Berila is the Director of the Gender & Women’s Studies Program and Professor in the Ethnic, Gender, and Women’s Studies Department at St. Cloud State University, USA.

    "In this exciting new edition, Beth Berila revisits the original ground-breaking book with the latest in the field about trauma-sensitive mindfulness, somatics of oppression and white supremacy, and a focus on healing and anti-pathologizing perspectives. New chapters and updated material highlight embodiment and somatics, integrating the body in nuanced ways into the work of social justice education. Berila puts forth a must-read that is eloquent, accessible, and simply necessary in efforts to decolonize and bring equity to educational practice."

    -Kathryn McIntosh, Associate Professor, Oregon State University, Author of Mindfulness in Multicultural Education: Critical Race Feminist Perspectives


    "This second edition offers an updated and still timely exploration of the intersection between mindfulness, social justice, and education. One of the book's greatest strengths is its emphasis on the role of embodiment in social justice education. The author highlights the importance of somatic awareness and explores how it can help us develop a deeper connection with our bodies, allowing for a more holistic understanding of our shared work in transforming oppressive social systems."

    -Rae Johnson, PhD, author of Embodied Social Justice and Embodied Activism


    "Integrating Mindfulness into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy is essential reading for anybody involved in educating others about oppression, or in anti-oppressive ways. Throughout the book Berila makes a compelling argument that we are unlikely to see real change unless we provide people with the tools to stay with - and process - the feelings that engaging with these subjects brings up - both in the areas where we are oppressed and the areas where we hold privilege. The second edition introduces an invaluable range of somatic, trauma-informed, consensual and shame-sensitive practices, exploring how we might weave them into our teaching. It is my dear hope that this book will be read beyond the college professionals who are its primary readership, by those who train practitioners, and who work in organisational, political, and activist contexts, for example. We urgently need to attend to the process of how we engage people in this vital material, as much as the content of what we cover."

    -Meg-John Barker, author of Queer: A Graphic History and Life Isn't Binary