Resilience and Resistance in Ritual: Transformations of and Healing from Inherited Trauma

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Gilfrich, Christine, “Resilience and Resistance in Ritual: Transformations of and Healing from Inherited Trauma,” Scholar@Simmons, accessed March 31, 2020, https://beatleyweb.simmons.edu/scholar/items/show/78.

Title

Resilience and Resistance in Ritual: Transformations of and Healing from Inherited Trauma

Creator

Gilfrich, Christine

Date

2017

Description

The legacy of colonization continues its assault in the forms of imperialism, sexism, and homophobia. This project analyzes practices forged by women of color to survive, defy, and heal from those colonial traumas. While engaging historical contexts and developing a theoretical genealogy, I explore sites of resistance in the face of trauma, with particular emphasis on the work of Black and Latin@ women. In their intersectional scholarship, women of color teach us that trauma, in all of its forms, is both personal and collective. Women of color create sites of resistance to that trauma through their use of ritual. These resistant practices nourish multiracial coalition by preserving space for the recognition of women of color’s experiences. Within this work, I seek to build bridges, developing understanding across ethnoracial lines. As a white, antiracist, bilingual scholar, my methodological approach centering “theory in the flesh” avoids reinscribing Eurocentric paradigms and misappropriating the work of women of color. Through engaging with the scholarship of women of color and the centrality of ritual in their practices of resistance, I fortify the bridge that connects us in a way that supports and contextualizes the work done before mine.

Publisher

Simmons College (Boston, Mass.)

Format

1 PDF (46 Pages)

Language

English

Type

Masters Theses