Tuesday, 25 September 2012


Latest addition to CEP's Bookstore


András Pető was a healer. In difficult and tumultuous circumstances in post-War Hungary, out of a personal practice of movement therapy with paralysed children and adults, he developed a pedagogic method from which modern-day 'Conductive Education' proudly traces its origins.
But who was he? What did he actually do? Indeed, what was his method?
Surprisingly little has been generally known about András Pető, even amongst his most ardent followers. In his life he cultivated an aura of mystery; in death he became a myth.

This book offers personal recollections from close associates and colleagues, some previously published, some specially written for this publication, along with a range of attempts to sum up and understand his life and work. Originals were written in German, Hungarian and English. Here they are presented in English.
Also here are detailed course-notes for his students, written at the pivotal time that his movement therapy was emerging as conductive movement pedagogy, plus a short collection of his poems that reveal so rawly some of his own mental anguish. Written in Hungarian and German respectively, these too are presented here in English translation, along with facsimiles of their originals.
This book should help disperse some of the myth around András Pető, so that its readers may begin to create their own critical appreciation of who he was and what he did. It is hoped that it will also help readers question and challenge what they already understand about András Pető and his work, and how this relates to present-day practices and the invocation of his name. 

This book is no final statement. The field of Pető Studies awaits further, extensive cultivation.
With Forewords by Judit Forrai, Jo Lebeer and Reuven Feuerstein

Publication date: September 24, 2012
Availability: immediate

288 pages
Price (£17.50, plus post and package)

This book's webpage (updated, November 2012)


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Comments on this book will be most welcome. There is a place to make comments on this page if you wish.

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Maguire, G., Sutton, A. (eds.) András Pető. Birmingham, Conductive Education Press


Blogger LeticiaBúrigoTK-1288 said...

Anxiously waiting for that! great job.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012 at 20:55:00 BST  

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