Bridging past and present: Embodied intergenerational trauma and the implications for dance/movement therapy

  title={Bridging past and present: Embodied intergenerational trauma and the implications for dance/movement therapy},
  author={D{\"o}rte Stanek},
  journal={Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy},
  pages={105 - 94}
  • D. Stanek
  • Published 3 April 2015
  • Psychology
  • Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy
This paper explores the role of the body in intergenerational transmission of trauma using examples of wartime sexual violence (WSV) during World War II in Germany. It is argued that traumatic memory held in the body is transmitted between generations in a similar fashion to how implicit body memory is passed on from body to body. In relationship, the body shapes subjectivity and intersubjectivity and therefore represents a vessel for transmission of trauma on a familial and cultural level… 

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