A Boal Companion: Dialogues on Theatre and Cultural Politics by Mady Schutzman, Jan Cohen-Cruz

By Mady Schutzman, Jan Cohen-Cruz

This rigorously built and thorough number of theoretical engagements with Augusto Boal’s paintings is the 1st to appear ’beyond Boal’ and severely assesses the Theatre of the Opressed (TO) circulation in context. A Boal spouse appears to be like on the cultural practices which tell TO and discover them inside a bigger body of cultural politics and function conception. The members placed TO into discussion with complexity theory – Merleau-Ponty, Emmanuel Levinas, race concept, feminist functionality artwork, Deleuze and Guattari, and liberation psychology – to call quite a few, and in doing so, the kinship among Boal’s undertaking and a number of fields of social psychology, ethics, biology, comedy, trauma stories and political technological know-how is made noticeable. the tips generated all through A Boal significant other will: extend readers' knowing of TO as a posh, interdisciplinary, multivocal physique of philosophical discourses offer a number of lenses by which to perform and critique TO make particular the connection among TO and different our bodies of labor. This assortment is perfect for TO practitioners and students who are looking to extend their wisdom, however it additionally presents surprising readers and new scholars to the self-discipline with a very good examine source.

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Rather, we could say that law is not the source of power or the impetus for social change, but is itself an expression of conflicting energies and capacities that it seeks to regulate, channel, and appropriate. The gambit of any oppositional politics is that recognition by the law begins to delineate the limitations of its very authority. Theatre of the Oppressed is a demonstration that the law can be interrupted, reversed, challenged. The means to do this do not consist of law itself, nor even a sense of moral righteousness as useful as this last may be.

The postcolonial would represent the often queasy movement between colonial abandonment of administration over captured lands and a principle for assembling the world’s peoples based on what each has to offer the other—a kind of global transitivity. Whatever identifications or ideations might fill them, community, the popular, the national, or the postcolonial should not be taken as discrete choices sufficient for themselves in art or in politics. Gayatri Spivak (2003) has spoken of “planetarity” as an infidelity to the monogamy or mutual exclusivity of these four registers I have been describing.

We can benefit from Dewey’s philosophy of education; as Aronowitz and Giroux maintain, Dewey’s emphasis on experience and participatory democracy remains vitally important to progressive-minded teachers today. It is equally important, however, for 36 Deborah Mutnick progressive teachers to understand Dewey’s limitations as a liberal thinker as they grapple with the structural forces underlying social conditions, including the problems of schooling. Historical materialism versus existential angst In a difficult but insightful account of conflicting paradigms in critical theory, Charles Reitz traces the influence of the Frankfurt School, particularly Marcuse, on critical pedagogy.

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