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Taming the political: the struggle over recognition in the politics of applied theatre

By Jonothan Neelands

Abstract

The emerging sub-field of applied theatre encompasses a wide range of pro-social 'alternative' theatre 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 theatre's traditional concern with the 'old left' politics of redistribution. A critique of the discourse of applied theatre, 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

Topics: LB, PN2000
Publisher: Routledge
Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:2725

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