Review: Les Todres (2007). Embodied Enquiry: Phenomenological Touchstones for Research, Psychotherapy and Spirituality


  • Lis Engel University of Copenhagen



phenomenology, embodied enquiry, qualitative research, embodied understanding, spirituality


"Embodied Enquiry: Phenomenological Touchstones for Research, Psychotherapy and Spirituality" by Les TODRES is an inspiring book about the practice of phenomenology in qualitative research, psychotherapy and spirituality. It is written from a deep bodily participation of lived experience and existential meaning interweaving subject-object, unique and universal processes of possibility and vulnerability. Texture and structure are embodied in a clear and beautiful way, highlighting three main themes: 1) Research as embodied practice; 2) psychotherapy as embodied process of identity; and 3) spirituality as embodied movement of mimesis and poiesis between freedom and vulnerability. All three themes comprise different perspectives on experiential ways of knowing. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs090149


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Author Biography

Lis Engel, University of Copenhagen

Lis ENGEL PhD is Associate Professor in dance, movement and communication at the University of Copenhagen, Section of Human and Social Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences. Her research interest is in the phenomenology of human movement and art. ENGEL is author of four books and co-editor of three books and anthologies and many articles in journals and books. Recent publications include "Experience of body/self as the primary ground of life/art creation—a phenomenological case study" in the journal, Body, Movement and dance in Psychotherapy (in press 2008) and ENGEL et al. (2006) Bevægelsens Poetik (poetics of movement) Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanums Forlag. She recently published The Dance of the Now—Poetics of Everyday Human Movement is FQS' Performative Social Science special issue, May, 2008.




How to Cite

Engel, L. (2008). Review: Les Todres (2007). Embodied Enquiry: Phenomenological Touchstones for Research, Psychotherapy and Spirituality. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 10(1).