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What happens when a collection of artists, musicians, and radical activists imagine self-defense as a revolutionary tool for social justice? What happens when someone envisions boundary setting, self-care and self-defense that not only keep individuals safe, but also help energize progressive social movements making them more vibrant and resilient? For the past twenty year What happens when a collection of artists, musicians, and radical activists imagine self-defense as a revolutionary tool for social justice? What happens when someone envisions boundary setting, self-care and self-defense that not only keep individuals safe, but also help energize progressive social movements making them more vibrant and resilient? For the past twenty years, Cristien Storm has grappled with these questions as a self-defense instructor, a writer, musician, therapist, activist, survivor, partner, friend and community member. As a co- founder and former Executive Director of Seattle-based Home Alive, Cristien Storm developed self-defense programs that recognize the link between the concepts of self-defense and social change. Her new book outlines this innovative and radical approach to self-defense that challenges those practicing boundary setting and self-care to see themselves not simply as individuals but also as local, national, and global community members. Storm s first book Living in Liberation argues that responses to violence can and should embody boundary setting, self-care, and self-defense skills that interrupt victim-blaming, fear-based approaches and locate healing within the social context of community. This groundbreaking text roots boundary setting and self-care in larger visions of happier and healthier communities, all the while holding on to the complexities of individual safety and social justice.


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What happens when a collection of artists, musicians, and radical activists imagine self-defense as a revolutionary tool for social justice? What happens when someone envisions boundary setting, self-care and self-defense that not only keep individuals safe, but also help energize progressive social movements making them more vibrant and resilient? For the past twenty year What happens when a collection of artists, musicians, and radical activists imagine self-defense as a revolutionary tool for social justice? What happens when someone envisions boundary setting, self-care and self-defense that not only keep individuals safe, but also help energize progressive social movements making them more vibrant and resilient? For the past twenty years, Cristien Storm has grappled with these questions as a self-defense instructor, a writer, musician, therapist, activist, survivor, partner, friend and community member. As a co- founder and former Executive Director of Seattle-based Home Alive, Cristien Storm developed self-defense programs that recognize the link between the concepts of self-defense and social change. Her new book outlines this innovative and radical approach to self-defense that challenges those practicing boundary setting and self-care to see themselves not simply as individuals but also as local, national, and global community members. Storm s first book Living in Liberation argues that responses to violence can and should embody boundary setting, self-care, and self-defense skills that interrupt victim-blaming, fear-based approaches and locate healing within the social context of community. This groundbreaking text roots boundary setting and self-care in larger visions of happier and healthier communities, all the while holding on to the complexities of individual safety and social justice.

30 review for Living In Liberation: Boundary Setting, Self-Care and Social Change

  1. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    The content of this book is excellent. I am giving only 4/5 stars because this book is in desperate need of a copy editor and the spelling/grammatical mistakes sometimes drove me to distraction. (I started editing it myself with a pen for the sake of my own sanity). The book presents a much more nuanced approach to boundaries and boundary-setting than I've ever seen before, discussing not only our personal well-being and defenses, but the way our social and societal situations & privileges inform The content of this book is excellent. I am giving only 4/5 stars because this book is in desperate need of a copy editor and the spelling/grammatical mistakes sometimes drove me to distraction. (I started editing it myself with a pen for the sake of my own sanity). The book presents a much more nuanced approach to boundaries and boundary-setting than I've ever seen before, discussing not only our personal well-being and defenses, but the way our social and societal situations & privileges inform boundary-setting. I found it helpful the way the author discusses how boundary-setting also requires learning how to ask for our wants and needs to be met, not just learning how to say "no." I also appreciated the different tools the author describes that we can use for setting boundaries in a range of contexts and settings. This book is helpful, healing, inspiring, and empowering. I'm a big fan, but I also dearly hope this book gets a bit of editing before the third edition comes out.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aida

    This is legitimately THE BEST and most compassionate, nuanced, accessible book I have EVER read about boundaries. I 100% recommend everyone read it and that’s a big damn recommendation. It has practical steps, explained theory, and so much understanding of the world in its complexity. There are some typos and areas that are repetitive BUT that small potatoes.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jennie Chantal

    “To this end, if we are working towards not just our own individual safety but towards changing the conditions in which people are not safe or are harmed, boundaries are about imagining radical possibilities as much as responding to events in the present.“ This is an excellent resource book full of relevant examples and practices. It is written in a more accessible language than many on the topic. It consistently reminds the reader of how context and identity affect boundary setting. I appreciate “To this end, if we are working towards not just our own individual safety but towards changing the conditions in which people are not safe or are harmed, boundaries are about imagining radical possibilities as much as responding to events in the present.“ This is an excellent resource book full of relevant examples and practices. It is written in a more accessible language than many on the topic. It consistently reminds the reader of how context and identity affect boundary setting. I appreciated so much the inclusion of how oppression fits into the picture although I would have liked some discussion and examples of how boundary setting is impacted by ableism and disability. It really does need a copy editor as there are many errors that take away from the reading. There was also some repeated content that could be trimmed back. Will recommend.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nina

    I found out about this book through the sex gets real podcast, which I love. This book is definitely empowering. It is very careful, and sometimes that care comes across as vagueness. I love the steps involved in setting a boundary: Name the Behavior, Set a Directive, Broken Record, and Ending the Interaction. I'm thinking about how I can apply these to my relationship with my mother. Loved so much of this book, but it needs a copy editor. I found out about this book through the sex gets real podcast, which I love. This book is definitely empowering. It is very careful, and sometimes that care comes across as vagueness. I love the steps involved in setting a boundary: Name the Behavior, Set a Directive, Broken Record, and Ending the Interaction. I'm thinking about how I can apply these to my relationship with my mother. Loved so much of this book, but it needs a copy editor.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Audacia Ray

    Lots of super useful tools and reframes for thinking about and practicing boundary setting under many different circumstances. Could really use a copy edit before the next printing.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Famous

    i don't generally read anything from the self-help category, but a good friend sent me this one and it was next in the 'to read' pile. there is some good stuff, breaks down the process of setting good boundaries and what else might be going on when that is difficult to do. firmly set in an anti-oppression framework which would be mightily important to me and is written by 'one of my own' so i find it more relevant than i might otherwise. and i admit, i'm actively engaged in thinking through ethi i don't generally read anything from the self-help category, but a good friend sent me this one and it was next in the 'to read' pile. there is some good stuff, breaks down the process of setting good boundaries and what else might be going on when that is difficult to do. firmly set in an anti-oppression framework which would be mightily important to me and is written by 'one of my own' so i find it more relevant than i might otherwise. and i admit, i'm actively engaged in thinking through ethical practice in my relationships and seems boundary setting is a first step.

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