COMPANION

Sociology

Gender issues, Democracy

Teaching the Alexander Technique in other cultures ‘Sticking to principle - Teaching Alexander in Ecuador’ by Glenna Batson; on teaching a group of artists in 1993 and 1994 in Ecuador and how a different culture challenged the author’s teaching to a new approach.[1] ‘Crossing hemispheres’ by Robin Gilmore contain reflections on teaching at the Kyoto Alexander Program, on language and culture differences which support or hinder the teaching of the Technique.[2] ‘An Alexander way of life’ by Tommy Thompson; on discovering the need to...
Articles ‘Fascism and democracy in the human mind’ by Israel Charny compares a ‘fascist’ attitude of the mind – of power, of control, of a singular idea – with a democratic attitude, characterised by complexity, process, diversity, contradiction, paradox.[1] Democracy and decision-making in Alexander Technique societies ‘Coordinated decision-making’ by Catherine Kettrick and Diana Bradley on using formal consensus as developed by C. T. Butler at the business meetings of Alexander Technique International.[2] References...
‘Diversity panel’ by Allyna Steinberg, Fabio Tavares, Emily Faulkner, Renee Schneider and Chyna Whyne reports on a panel discussion organised by the Alexander Technique Diversity Coalition in order to foster a critical dialogue around racial equity and other diversity issues in order to strengthen the AT community.[1] ‘Expand your practice and increase student retention with an eye on diversity and celebrating individuality’ by Aik Hooi Lee discusses the importance of bias and how AT teachers can diversify their practices and reach out to communities in order to...
F. M. Alexander Marjory Barlow said that Alexander ‘thought women were terribly, terribly important. And hardly any men did in those days.’[1] Articles ‘The weaker sex?’ by Richard Gummere are musings on the fact that the majority of Alexander Technique teachers are women and his belief that ‘women could deepen the philosophy of the Alexander world’.[2] ‘The role of women in the growth of the Alexander community’ by Alexander Murray pays tribute to some of the women who were instrumental in the success of the Alexander Technique...
This entry covers three issues, using the Alexander Technique to the teaching of foreign languages, how to translate concepts and instructions, and sign language. The teaching of foreign languages ‘Reducing the fear’ by Margaret Nicolson argues that the Alexander Technique is very useful in teaching languages to adult students, particularly in a group setting where fear and anxiety may hamper learning.[1] ‘On relearning to walk and relearning to talk’ by Harriet Anderson; on applying the Technique to learning a foreign language as a adult; on the potential...
Card games – Poker ‘Poker’ by Jerry Sontag discusses the ‘poker face’ and regards the ability to deal with boredom as a more important factor.[1] ‘How to read a poker player’s body language’ by Charlie Schultz; on the reasons for applying the Alexander Technique to playing poker, and using observation skills to interpret a player’s body language.[2] References [1] ‘Poker’ by Jerry Sontag in NASTAT News, issue 39, Winter 1998, p. 19. [2] ‘How to read a poker player’s body language’...