Integral Voices on Sex, Gender, and Sexuality: Critical Inquiries
Sarah E. Nicholson & Vanessa D. Fisher – Editors
SUNY series in Integral Theory
Brings the insights of Integral Theory to the consideration of sex, gender, and sexuality.
This volume takes a unique approach to the question of what it is to be a gendered, sexual self in a postmodern world, offering insights informed by the Integral paradigm of theory and practice. With the inquiry into sex, gender, and sexuality having become so broad and diverse within both academia and popular culture, the Integral approach can help sift through and make sense of the cacophony of theories and agendas that seek to stake their ground in this collective conversation. Informed by the work of thinkers such as Sri Aurobindo, Gregory Bateson, Jean Gebser, Ervin Laszlo, and, most directly, Ken Wilber, the Integral approach acknowledges and works with multiple and contradictory experiences, theories, and realities. Dealing with a variety of topics, including feminism, the men’s movement, sexual identity, queer history, and spirituality, the work’s contributors speak from across the spectrum of personal and political backgrounds, academic and practitioner orientations, and male and female perspectives. The combination of voices aims to bring forward a more complex and integrated understanding of what it means to be woman, man, human.
“Sarah Nicholson and Vanessa Fisher have put together a fascinating, multilayered 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
” I pulled out your book today, read Sean’s Foreword and the first 6 pp. in your Intro. Chapter (total of 8 pp). These ought to be photocopied, put into a pdf all on their own in their own right… Sean writes magnificently in understanding what this book is and how unique it is in the Integral Theory series, he articulates so well, in so short of space why Integral Theory needs to be informed by feminist theory (or masculinist theory) and visa versa– I see it as the “bidirectional impact” so important in any critical praxis, interdisciplinarity, or right down to males and females, or one person and the next in co-encountering… as one spirit, attempts to understand itself in manifesting multidinous perspectives– then your chapter Intro of 6 pp– and I feel this immense clarity through such carefully craft and alive text, weaving so well with Sean’s and it is by far the best, most intimate Introduction (8pp) to Integral Theory and critical integral praxis that I know of, and I have read a lot… it was exhilarating to follow and see potential for new readers of this material, especially… I suggest a pdf and photocopy of this goes to every women’s studies department in the world, and as a hand out in Introductory university courses on understanding different ways of knowing… ” – R. Michael Fisher, Ph.D, Dept. Head, Integral & ‘Fear’ Studies, Center for Spiritual Inquiry & Integral Education, http://csiie.org
Sarah E. Nicholson teaches at the University of Western Sydney and the University of Notre Dame Australia. She is the author of The Evolutionary Journey of Woman: From the Goddess to Integral Feminism.
Vanessa D. Fisher is a Canadian writer, poet, and independent scholar who received the Award for Best Academic Research and Writing at the second biennial Integral Theory conference.
The introduction (<< available here ) of our book is a great place to start. Written jointly by Vanessa Fisher and Sarah Nicholson, this first chapter is called Developing a Critical Integral Praxis for Sex, Gender & Sexuality. It gives an overview of our process, the issues covered, as well as a breakdown of what’s in each of the chapters. If you haven’t read out book, it is the perfect taster.