Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 13 November 2019

Abstract and Keywords

Perception is the place where vision and sensation merge to produce embodied meaning, the crossroads where individuals meet or miss one another—either connecting in good faith with a shared experience, or stumbling through missteps that can result in a defensive posture or a sense of distrust of others. It is through individuals’ bodies that perception meets up with politics. This chapter was precipitated by the author’s reflections on the actions, demonstrations, and events instigated by the shootings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, and of Tamir Rice in Cleveland, especially with respect to how those events rippled through a politically active Midwestern campus. The chapter argues that dance practices focused on perception can be mobilized to train for a politically responsive body, one that is both capable of strategic resistance and resilient enough to survive the exhaustion of public advocacy and action.

Keywords: perception, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, public advocacy, demonstrations, resistance

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.