"In close-knit, impoverished communities, avoiding social stigma may mean the difference between life and death. Drawing pragmatic insights from the lived experience of the poor in Haiti, Thailand, Bangladesh, Uganda, and the United States, Kathleen Cash developed the narrative practice--strategies for engaging people and for stirring up empathy, through storytelling--described in Sex, Shame, and Violence. Cash offers a powerful means of transforming shame into solidarity, and addressing a key barrier to accessing care."
--Dr. Paul Farmer
"[The book] describes a magnificently complex system of narrative process, revolutionary at heart, for community education, laying out every step of how the work is done. Cash builds all her work from real situations, using both the lived experience and actual language of the particular community to help the people through issues of cause and effect, problem and solution.
"Cash has done an amazing job in the field in many countries, helping people learn new ways of being and doing and now she is telling the story of what she has done and how. The book makes it clear that it is her approach--painstaking, people-centered, determined to make a difference for real people--that works.
"Cash makes it clear: education is a conversation; when people share stories they are educating each other, they are the experts. She builds on their stories, creates a complex narrative practice and uses it to change lives."
--Ruth W. Messinger, President, American Jewish World Service
"I worked with Kathy in the mid-1990s conducting sexual and reproductive health research in villages of Bangladesh. I was amazed at her immense patience and capacity to listen to people's experiences and to internalize what they said. . . . Through Kathy's methods, the shame people feel about, for example, their sexuality could be transformed into effective policies and programs. Kathy narrates socio-cultural and religiously silent, sensitive topics through a cultural prism of storytelling. Narrative practice is an incredible strategy to transform underprivileged people's pain into power for social change."
--Sharful Islam Khan, Project Director, The Global Fund Project, Center for HIV and AIDS, Dhaka, Bangladesh