Book Chapter

Playing the Inside Out: Using Drama as an Embodied Medium Through Which to Work on Changing Gender Norms

H Cahill, J Coffey, S Budgeon, H Cahill

Learning Bodies: The Body in Youth and Childhood Studies | Springer Science+Business Media | Published : 2016

Abstract

This chapter takes a pedagogical focus, drawing on post-structuralist feminist theory to analyse the use of drama-based methods as an embodied and collective medium through which to identify and address the shaping impact of negative gender norms. It discusses work conducted within gender and sexuality education programs in developed and developing countries as the context within which to explore the use of these pedagogical methods. The chapter analyses use of embodied alter-ego techniques to deconstruct the way in which social discourses work to shape everyday lives. It charts the use of surrealist narrative conventions to provide a scene of address which permits players to disrupt limitin..

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