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ERIC Number: EJ778272
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1356-9783
Taming the Political: The Struggle over Recognition in the Politics of Applied Theatre
Neelands, Jonothan
Research in Drama Education, v12 n3 p305-317 Nov 2007
The emerging sub-field of applied theater encompasses a wide range of pro-social 'alternative' theater practices, but it also refers to a discursive practice that seeks to reconcile the apparently contradictory claims of the politics of egalitarian redistribution and the politics of difference. The argument in this paper is that this emerging political position reflects a contemporary turn towards the identity politics of recognition and away from political theater's traditional concern with the 'old left' politics of redistribution. A critique of the discourse of applied theater, based on the political philosophy of Nancy Fraser and James Tully, leads to a consideration of the potential of a new left politics of recognition and dialogue in which the processes of participation in social and artistic struggle are seen as the practice of civic dialogic freedom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom