Refugee children and body politics. The embodied political self and dance movement therapy

Theodora Bareka, Heidrun Panhofer, Sarah Rodriguez Cigaran

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© 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This article looks at the link between social exclusion and migration, in particular for children. It highlights the impact that being a refugee may have on one’s sense of self. Beyond the concept of acartesian self, our working model suggests a dialogical and multi-voiced self: a self that is not isolated from other aspects of the person but involves social, political and embodied dimensions. The term embodied political self is proposed, referring to the self as an active agent, with a sense of physical cohesion and a sense of belonging to the wider social and political environment. We discuss how experiencing social exclusion impacts refugees, in particular children, and their embodied political self. Finally, a two-step dance movement therapy (DMT) intervention that seeks the reconstruction of the embodied political self is proposed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-94
JournalBody, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2019


  • Children
  • dance movement therapy
  • embodied political self
  • Greece
  • refugees


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