ERIC Number: EJ1133963
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Performing to Understand: Cultural Wealth, Precarity, and Shelter-Dwelling Youth
Gallagher, Kathleen; Rodricks, Dirk J.
Research in Drama Education, v22 n1 p7-21 2017
Collaborating with "Project: Humanity," an acclaimed socially engaged theatre company, we mobilized, over 16 weeks, an applied theatre methodology of drama workshops and traditional qualitative research methods to explore issues of spatialized inequality and localized poverty with a youth shelter community in Toronto, Canada. Observations gleaned through drama activities provided graphic evidence of the multiple and overlapping socio-economic pressures and limited infrastructural and personal support experienced in their young lives. In this article, we use critical race theory to trouble majoritarian narratives of access, capacity, and success. In particular, Yosso's [2005. "Whose culture has capital? A critical race theory discussion of community cultural wealth." "Race, Ethnicity, and Education" 8 (1): 69-91] typology of "community cultural wealth" has allowed us to reconsider the idea of "capital" as it is exploited by youth in creative engagement with the material precarity of their daily existence.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Theater Arts, Theaters, Youth Programs, Youth Opportunities, Poverty, Social Justice, Qualitative Research, Drama Workshops, Dramatics, Observation, Cultural Capital, Homeless People, Disadvantaged Youth, Art Education, Art Activities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Canada