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Pedagogies in the Flesh

Case Studies on the Embodiment of Sociocultural Differences in Education

  • Sarah Travis
  • Amelia M. Kraehe
  • Emily J. Hood
  • Tyson E. Lewis
  • Explores the pedagogical moments or “flashpoints” when sociocultural formations of difference and power take hold through the corporeal capacities of the knowing body

  • Features concisely written accounts of flashpoints that attend to the somatic intensities of the flesh as a site of knowledge, resistance, and transformation

  • Contributors range from a number of disciplines including philosophy, sociology, women’s studies, and education

  • Presents rich phenomenologically informed case studies of educational encounters within difference, and demonstrates description as a method for thinking about critical incidents of teaching and learning


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Affective Intensity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Tapo Chimbganda
      Pages 17-21
    3. Lauren Freeman
      Pages 23-29
    4. Ryan Kober, David Montalvo, Monica Moreno, Mariela Nuñez-Janes, Autumn Tyler
      Pages 31-35
    5. Keffrelyn D. Brown, Anthony L. Brown
      Pages 37-42
    6. Samuel D. Rocha
      Pages 43-47
  3. (In)visibility

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Mark William Westmoreland
      Pages 65-71
    3. Mark D. Vagle
      Pages 73-78
    4. Angela C. Coffee
      Pages 79-82
  4. Disorientation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Darian Marcel Parker
      Pages 85-89
    3. Jennifer Burke
      Pages 91-95
    4. Sarah Travis
      Pages 97-101

About this book


This book presents a collection of vivid, theoretically informed descriptions of flashpoints––educational moments when the implicit sociocultural knowledge carried in the body becomes a salient feature of experience. The flashpoints will ignite critical reflection and dialogue about the formation of the self, identity, and social inequality on the level of the preconscious body. 


sociocultural knowledge preconscious body phenomenology pedagogical flashpoints educational foundations teacher education

Editors and affiliations

  • Sarah Travis
    • 1
  • Amelia M. Kraehe
    • 2
  • Emily J. Hood
    • 3
  • Tyson E. Lewis
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Art Education and Art HistoryCollege of Visual Arts and Design University of North TexasDenton, TXUSA
  2. 2.Department of Art Education and Art HistoryCollege of Visual Arts and Design University of North TexasDenton, TXUSA
  3. 3.Department of Art Education and Art HistoryCollege of Visual Arts and Design University of North TexasDenton, TXUSA
  4. 4.Department of Art Education and Art HistoryCollege of Visual Arts and Design University of North TexasDenton, TXUSA

About the editors

Sarah Travis is a PhD candidate in Art Education at the University of North Texas, USA. 

Amelia M. Kraehe is Assistant Professor of Art Education at the University of North Texas, USA.

Emily J. Hood is a PhD student in Art Education at the University of North Texas, USA.

Tyson E. Lewis is Associate Professor of Art Education at the University of North Texas, USA.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Pedagogies in the Flesh
  • Book Subtitle Case Studies on the Embodiment of Sociocultural Differences in Education
  • Editors Sarah Travis
    Amelia M. Kraehe
    Emily J. Hood
    Tyson E. Lewis
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-59598-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-86660-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-59599-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXV, 220
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Creativity and Arts Education
    Sociology of Education
    Educational Psychology
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“Pedagogies in the Flesh functions as an invitation, a gift really, to become perplexed, unsettled, and undone. Because of this, the text is unsafe and dangerous in all the right ways. Through a multiplicity of differential and situational vignettes, and within the context of lived ambiguity, undaunting honesty, and courageous vulnerability, this text offers a rich and much needed rethinking of what it means to tarry, to linger, with embodied flashpoints or disruptive moments that un-suture fixed ways of being, feeling, and knowing. The text lays bare the taken-for-granted, rendering it uncanny, and thereby opens new embodied and critical phenomenological spaces for being otherwise. It is a must read!” (George Yancy, Professor of Philosophy, Emory University, USA)

“The first-person case studies included in this brilliant transdisciplinary collection provide the reader with flashpoints—those unnerving incidents or moments in which the flesh educates us.  The reader will be touched, shocked, frustrated, and/or connected to the embodied narratives that leave us asking more questions than answers about what it means to be made different, visible, invisible, or “other". With discussion questions at the end of each narrative, the book is a wonderful tool for critical educators concerned with engaging questions of difference.” (Dolores Delgado Bernal, Professor of Education and Ethnic Studies, University of Utah, USA)

“The body teaches, the body misdirects; the body discloses, the body conceals; the body assures, the body betrays. In Pedagogies in the Flesh, a strikingly original collection, the editors have brought together a wide range of short but highly illuminating personal testimonials, micro-realizations and epiphanies, that in their painful physicality reveal in sharply ineluctable form the broader structures of domination and discrimination that constitute the (literal) intercorporeal body politic. It is an affective phenomenology of excluded flesh from which we all can learn, however positioned we are by our own.” (Charles W. Mills, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center, USA)

"How we understand pedagogy, including anti-oppressive pedagogy, cannot help but to be already-framed by partial and normative narratives, which is why we must constantly look for resources to approach teaching and learning differently, including when flesh, body, and materiality come to bear on moments that we presumed made them irrelevant. Vivid and discomforting, Pedagogies of the Flesh insightfully dissect a range of experiences that should spark in each of us a remembrance of our own embodied experiences even as we pause to examine their implications for troubling pedagogies of our own." (Kevin Kumashiro, author of Against Common Sense: Teaching and Learning toward Social Justice, 3rd edition)

“What can our bodies teach us? How does the flesh speak? What do we learn when we listen closely to our embodied flashpoints? This thoughtful, provocative book offers innovative insights into new forms of embodied knowing–flashpoints that guide us into creating more equitable classrooms and compassionate educators.” (AnaLouise Keating, Professor, Department of Multicultural Women’s & Gender Studies, Texas Woman's University, USA)

“Pedagogies in the Flesh is powerfully engaging, and ideal for stimulating classroom discussions on difference, diversity and othering.” (Carl Grant, Professor of Education, University of Wisconsin at Madison, USA)

“Drawing from scholars across disciplinary fields, this is a powerful book that centers essential moments—"flashpoints"—that shape our knowledge and knowing through lived experience. Scholars and practitioners interested in more deeply interrogating how social and cultural differences influence our ways of seeing, learning, teaching, being, experiencing, hearing, and ‘doing’ in the world will find this book one that they cannot stop reading and re-reading.” (H. Richard Milner IV, author of Rac(e)ing to Class, Helen Faison Professor of Urban Education, University of Pittsburgh, USA)

“The chapters of Pedagogies in the Flesh pulsate radical energy. There are no surface stories here: just immersions into the authors’ embodied experiences, raw and intricate. These stories touched my spirit and my educator-activist sensibility. More importantly, they disturbed me into re-visioning my pedagogical commitments—a most critical and appreciated disturbance.” (Paul C. Gorski, Associate Professor, School of Integrative Studies, George Mason University, USA)

“This anthology is a highly readable, creatively presented, and thought-provoking collection of stories about everyday events, issues, and interactions among racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ableism, and more through the lens of our bodies—singular and collectively—the impact.  At the end of each chapter, there are questions that are valuable for classroom discussions or for further explorations. While reading, I found myself holding my breath, in disbelief that those narratives or events still occur. I reminded myself to breathe, knowing what I was reading empowered me to ask questions and listen to the answers.  This is invaluable and compelling.” (Christine Ballengee Morris, Professor of Arts Administration, Education, and Policy Department and Director of American Indian Studies, The Ohio State University, USA)

“Writing at the Chiasm! The flashpoints in this volume of essays stir a crisis in the flesh, a short circuiting of reductive and normalizing manifestations in the body that inspires an ethics of thinking and learning otherwise.” (Charles R. Garoian, Professor of Art Education, Pennsylvania State University, USA)

“An innovative examination of the role of embodiment in flashpoints.  Flashpoints challenge phenomenological sedimentations making possible the space for different ways of seeing and understanding oneself and the world.  That the editors attend to the role of such embodied flashpoints for education is indeed laudable.” (Emily S. Lee, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, California State University, Fullerton, USA)

“Pedagogies in the Flesh is important not only in its discussion of the interdependency of body and world, but in its exemplification of an embodied form of writing that raises important questions about sociocultural difference. Readers will be encouraged to consider moments from their own lives, their own flashpoints, that inform their understanding of the social landscape.” (Jennifer Richardson, Associate Professor, Department of Arts Administration, Education, and Policy, The Ohio State University, USA)

“The subject of this anthology is the flesh at moments of rupture, at moments when the familiar becomes uncanny—and fear, anger, anxiety, tension, hurt arise. It is during these flashes that we can start learning about ourselves with others in the midst of our differences.  These writings, then, constitute pedagogically rich fleshy flashpoints prompting us to be attuned to our bodies as we try to engage difference so as to avoid and lessen the racism, heterosexism, ableism, classism that is ingrained in everydayness.” (Mariana Ortega, Professor, Department of Philosophy, John Carroll University, USA)