Date of Award

Spring 5-18-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

MAE - Master of Arts in Expressive Therapies


Expressive Therapies


Vivien Marcow-Speiser


This literature review is a thorough investigation on Whiteness, specifically how it is defined within society, embodiment and how to utilize Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT), resilience and how it affects people of color. It will address how Whiteness is a vast and highly researched topic, and this paper aims to build the ground for future work both within counseling professions and Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT). The entirety of this paper discusses whiteness and how it affects various aspects of an individual’s life, as well as the resiliency demonstrated by those who rise up beyond their experienced oppression. When defining Whiteness, careful consideration must be made so it remains complex enough to carry the intersectional identities affected by it. This paper analyzes the literature on Whiteness and aims to discuss how resilience is held by most people of color. Additionally, this thesis discusses how DMT is striving to use more inclusive practices and suggests how DMT can be used to build empowerment and resilience through the use of its embodied practices.

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