Reviews

Endorsements

“Sarah Nicholson and Vanessa Fisher have put together a fascinating, multi-layered look at the interface of Integral Theory and contemporary gender studies. These articles tackle significant issues, raise courageous questions, and further the conversation in valuable ways.”

Sally Kempton, author of Awakening Shakti: The Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga

“Sarah Nicholson and Vanessa Fisher have been extremely successful in creating a provocative volume that brings together a wide range of scholar-practitioners who are both critical and celebratory of what a more integral approach has to offer the contested and complex domain of sex, gender, and sexuality. This volume is a clarion call into an engaged critical inquiry that aims to both transform our philosophical maps and touch us personally.”

Sean Esbjorn-Hargens, Ph.D., author of Integral Ecology, Founding Director of MetaIntegral

“Vanessa and Sarah do not fashion a particular integral perspective to be applied. Their anthology belies that possibility, which is paradoxically one of its successes. They demonstrate an Integral spirit to be fostered: namely, the spirit of genuine inquiry. The authors’ integral embrace is not necessarily a comfortable one, but it is expansive and generous and bold.”

Willow Pearson, Psy.D. candidate, Founder of the Sex and Gender Studies Department at Integral Institute, alumni of Stanford University program in Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

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“This is one of the most illuminating books on gender issues that I have read. Rather than try to indoctrinate anyone into a particular narrative, Fisher and Nicholson invite people to look at these issues from a variety of perspectives and make up their own minds. Highlights include Fisher and Nicholson’s introduction, in which they discuss the tension between functionalism and conflict theory, and Fisher and Hamilton’s nuanced discussion about sexual harassment from a historical, integral perspective. These authors usher in a new spirit for gender studies and gender relations.”  – David Marshall

“In the foreword to this volume Sean Hargens writes, “Not only does this volume serve gender, feminist, and men’s studies by bringing and integral approach to bear on its multilayered topics, but it also serves Integral Theory by modelling critical inquiry that is generative. So while Integral Theory can offer an integrative framework to a field that is often paralyzed by its own diversity, it can also benefit greatly from this same field by developing a more self-critical and reflective approach to model building and theorizing.” This is very well said. Nicholson and Fisher have done an outstanding job of collecting a myriad of intelligent, diverse, even at times conflicting voices. Integral Theory has I believe too often suffered from an inability or unwillingness to engage in critical debate. At the same time, they offer a vision of a more constructive, nuanced, compassionate set of discussions around being a gendered and sexual human being.”  – Chris Dierkes

“My personal experiences with a book was really profound, I found it very educational and in many ways helped me to see myself differently and educate myself on what it means to be sexual self in a postmodern world. Sarah E. Nicholson and Vanessa D. Fisher offer insights a new outlook on so many important topics including feminism, the men’s movement, sexual identity, queer history and spirituality. I highly recommend to read to anyone who is trying to understand themselves.” – Marina Romashko

“Premature claims for integralness have often disturbed discourses amongst scholar-practitioners using Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory and Practice. Most interesting here is that Sarah Nicholson and Vanessa Fisher make the ironic claim that in relation to issues of sex, gender and sexuality, there are no integral voices. Instead, in this important collection of voices from scholars in feminist, masculinist, and LBGT circles, issues of sex, gender and sexuality are explored in significant breadth and depth without an integrating vision of unity-in-diversity. Perhaps the use of adult development theory by some voices will surprise some readers and will offer them new ways of seeing and working with these most challenging human issues.” – Gerry B.

“Because, as the book’s co-editors acknowledge, “Integral Theory aims to include and honor multiple truth claims by integrating them into a postdisciplinary integral map that can help us begin to organize the multitude of conflicting perspectives facing us in a postmodern world” (pg. 3), and by adopting a comparable approach to exploring “sex, gender, and sexuality”, they’ve subsequently produced a work of significant value to (both) contemporary academia and perhaps more particularly, the integral community. Similarly then, but in respect to our emerging futures, as Sean Esbjörn-Hargens notes in the Forward, “few topics are more intimate to our sense of self-identity, our most immediate desires, and our needs for love, intimacy, and connection” (page ix). In this same regard too, Sarah Nicholson and Vanessa Fisher have masterfully collated a set of essays which together weave a thorough, yet comprehensive, vantage point through which readers will be afforded a foundation to pursue further study should they so choose. Likewise, and in an era where life’s complexity seems to at least appropriate (if not necessitate) co-creative relationships capable of successfully navigating the next twist or turn, “Integral Voices . . .” is sure to prove a valuable complement to one’s library.” – Brian McConnell.

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