Very very soon the first ever collaborative book from the CPN will be published. Expect Manipulating practices: A critical physiotherapy reader to be available in January 2018.
The 17-chapter book showcases work from 20 authors across several countries on critical thinking, practices, education, and research approaches (most chapters interweave a number of these related elements). I won’t give too much away but many of the authors are familiar names in critical physiotherapy – and there are a few surprises too! The book is peer-reviewed, but in line with the CPN’s objectives which include recognising and considering power asymmetries, we deliberately made it open source (free) to reduce constraints to access.
As a little taster of what is to come in January, here is an extract from the introductory chapter written by the book’s editors: Barbara E Gibson, David A Nicholls, Jenny Setchell (yup that’s me), and Karen Synne Groven.
This is the first book of its kind devoted to a critical examination of the discipline, profession, and practice of physiotherapy. Like all critical work, its aim, our aim as editors and authors, is transformation. We do not aim to provide a neutral or objective reading of physiotherapy. Instead, we want to shake things up, perturbate, instigate, revolutionize, manipulate. Our title, Manipulating Practices, with its multiple meanings conveys our commitment to extending, rethinking, and reshaping the ossified ways physiotherapy is understood, practiced, taught, and researched.