About This Book
Power-Under offers important new insights that can help us to break cycles of violence. Analyzing connections between oppression, trauma, and internalized powerlessness, this book shows how trauma is a link in complex chains of domination. Because large numbers of traumatized people are both oppressors and oppressed, understanding internalized powerlessness is critically important for our ability to build effective social change movements. Strategies including nonviolent self-protection, humanizing the oppressor, and a new politics of compassion are proposed for mobilizing traumatic rage toward progressive ends. Power-Under is strikingly relevant to a post-September 11 world in which we need to mount resistance to chain reactions of violence.
Available Free Electronically
Why This Book is Only Available Electronically
Power-Under is self-published. For a number of years I sold print copies at cost, as well as making the book available free electronically (follow link for download). I have decided to stop printing the book because of my deep concern about global warming and climate change. While the carbon footprint of producing and mailing print copies is relatively small, I believe that the urgency of the climate crisis calls for making every possible change that can reduce carbon emissions. The cumulative impact of billions of personal choices can have a significant, perhaps decisive, impact. I encourage you to download Power-Under at no cost and, if at all possible, to read the book on screen. If you do choose to print from the download, please do so selectively (key sections rather than the entire manuscript). If you print sections, I also encourage you to copy them into a new file, reduce the type size, and double-side what you print. Every choice involving energy and resources truly matters.
About The Author
Steven Wineman, Ed.D., is a mental health worker, writer, parent, activist for nonviolent social change, and survivor of childhood trauma. He is the author of The Politics of Human Services (South End Press).
©2003 by Steven Wineman
Updated Jan. 2008