ERIC Number: ED333521
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
Social Change via People's Theater.
This paper attempts to develop a theoretical framework to better understand the role of people's theater in bringing about social change. First, the paper provides a historical perspective on how people's theater evolved in Europe and the United States. The paper then investigates the rise of people's theater in such Latin American countries as Nicaragua and Mexico, and in the Asian nations of the Philippines and India. A theoretical framework for the role of people's theater in social change is developed in the paper, using A. Gramsci's idea of subalternity, P. Freire's concept of "conscientization", J. L. Moreno's notion of "socio-drama," and A. Boal's concept of "poetics of the oppressed." The paper provides theoretical signposts to serve at nodal points for further scholarly discussion and study on people's theater. Three tables are included; 31 references are attached. (Author/PRA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Freire (Paulo); Gramsci (Antonio); Theater for Development; Theater History; Theater Research; Third World
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association, (41st, Chicago, IL, May 23-27, 1991).