By Wendy Stainton Rogers, December, 2018
John Cromby, in his book Feeling Bodies: Embodying Psychology makes a strong argument for developing an embodied psychology – ‘one that takes seriously the observation that absolutely all experience depends upon our living bodies for its very character, as well as its mere possibility’ (Cromby, 2015: 7).
As someone who has a severely damaged and dysfunctional body
I feel strongly that we critical health psychologists need to take a lot more
notice of people’s lived experience of their bodies. At times, I think, we get
so deeply embroiled in fascinating analyses of, for example, the misuse of
power, and the need for social justice (to mention just two of our preoccupations)
we fail to take account of the fundamental materiality of being human. But it isn’t that simple, as I explain here.
Dr Tracy Morison has been in Aotearoa New Zealand for two and a half years. She came there to join the critical health psychology team at Massey University. Tracy teaches health promotion and critical social psychology. She’s also a research associate of the Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction research programme at Rhodes University, South Africa. Find out more about Tracy’s academic journey in this Career File.
How did you embark on a career in academia? What was it that prompted this decision? I didn’t decide to become an academic; I think academia slowly drew me in! In retrospect, I think I was always destined for the academy. I loved learning as a child and was, according to my peers, a ‘boffin’ (as they called Academic achievers then). When I was in grade 4, I I wrote a composition saying I wanted to be ‘an author’ when I grew up. Then, some years later, I explained that I wanted to be a researcher on my honours application. I think academe has allowed me to combine both of these. My love of language led me to qualitative research and in my postgrad years, I also discovered the rewards of teaching and mentoring. So here I am! Continue reading