ERIC Number: EJ858097
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
The Drama Is Always Right in Front of You: Sociodrama for the Development of Social Insight and Action
Carter, Philip D.
Qualitative Inquiry, v15 n9 p1480-1497 2009
This article is a story in three acts. Act I is the initial article submitted to "Qualitative Inquiry" describing an unscripted sociodrama that occurred in a weekly psychodrama group two days after September 11, 2001 (initial submission titled, "9/11 in New Zealand: A point of leverage"). Act II presents the reviewer's response to the submission in which he invites more discussion of the participants and content of the drama, as well as an attempt at stating the salient aspect or moral of the story. The author's response begins in Act II and concludes in Act III. The author acts on the psychodramatic principles of the meaning always being immediately in right in front of one's nose and that everything is connected. In taking space to value his own immediate response to the reviewer and trusting that it would be connected with the theme of the drama, the author does come, after a period of reflection and writing, to identify a theme that is both in the process of crafting this article and in the sociodrama: "keeping going with each other". The production process of writing has been enthused by the life of the theme and has also helped to cultivate it. The writing has been a reciprocal cocreation between the author and the reviewer and so is authentic in living its message. Act III concludes with a twist that reveals the real moral of the story.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Group Activities, Psychology, Drama, Role Playing, Emotional Response, Air Transportation, Terrorism, Suicide, National Security, Social Influences, Qualitative Research, Peer Evaluation, Peer Influence, World Views
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand