An Essay on Sociology, Theatre and Society. Elements for a Theatrical Ethnomethodology: The Theatre of the Oppressed/Sul rapporto tra sociologia, teatro e societa. Elementi per una etnometodologia teatrale: il Teatro dell'Oppresso

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Author: Alma Pisciotta
Date: June 2016
From: Cambio(Vol. 6, Issue 11)
Publisher: Firenze University Press
Document Type: Essay
Length: 7,052 words

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Theatre has always had the function of telling stories, playing pieces of reality or describing imaginary places and worlds full of myths that turned into ethical questions posed directly by actors to the audience. This characteristic configures theatre and all live art performances as a "meta-comment" on society (Geertz 1973), a peculiar form of social interaction; an active agent of creative modification (Turner 1982: 82). This is most evident in the Theatre of the Oppressed based on the involvement of the audience, in which members come up onto the stage as "spect-actors", making a collective analysis of shared problems and using theatrical techniques as a rehearsal for social action. This useful example of drama applications also shows a way for social work, suggesting the possibility to use theatre methods and techniques as instruments for sociological experimentation as George Gurvitch proclaimed in his desire to rebuild a more empirical sociology inspired by similarities between society and theatre (1956). Keywords: Theatre, Society, Sociology, Ethomethodology, Augusto Boal, Theatre of the Oppressed.

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Pisciotta, Alma. "An Essay on Sociology, Theatre and Society. Elements for a Theatrical Ethnomethodology: The Theatre of the Oppressed/Sul rapporto tra sociologia, teatro e societa. Elementi per una etnometodologia teatrale: il Teatro dell'Oppresso." Cambio, vol. 6, no. 11, June 2016, pp. 65+. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.
  

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