Hope in a Collapsing World: Youth, Theatre, and Listening as a Political Alternative

By Kathleen Gallagher
With Andrew Kushnir and his original script Towards Youth: a play on radical hope

© 2021

For young people, the space of the drama classroom can be a space for deep learning as they struggle with common purpose and across difference to create something together. Collaborating across institutions, theatres, and community spaces, the research in Hope in a Collapsing World mobilizes theatre to build its methodology and create new data with young people as they seek the language of performance to communicate their worries, fears, and dreams to a global network of researchers and a wider public.

Using both ethnographic study and playwriting, a collaboration of social scientist and playwright, Hope in a Collapsing World is a ground-breaking hybrid format of research text and the original script built from it – Towards Youth: A Play on Radical Hope – for reading, experimentation, and performance.

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This ethnographic study explores notions of hope and care by examining how theatre-making with young people might cultivate practices, relationships, and values that support them in engaged, creative, and ethical forms of citizenship.

Hope in a Collapsing World: Youth, Theatre, and Listening as a Political Alternative

By Kathleen Gallagher
With Andrew Kushnir and his original script Towards Youth: a play on radical hope

© 2021

For young people, the space of the drama classroom can be a space for deep learning as they struggle with common purpose and across difference to create something together. Collaborating across institutions, theatres, and community spaces, the research in Hope in a Collapsing World mobilizes theatre to build its methodology and create new data with young people as they seek the language of performance to communicate their worries, fears, and dreams to a global network of researchers and a wider public.

Using both ethnographic study and playwriting, a collaboration of social scientist and playwright, Hope in a Collapsing World is a ground-breaking hybrid format of research text and the original script built from it – Towards Youth: A Play on Radical Hope – for reading, experimentation, and performance.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 400 pages
  • Illustrations: 25
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Kathleen Gallagher is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Distinguished Professor in the department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, cross-appointed to the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto.


    Andrew Kushnir is an independent artist and artistic director of Project: Humanity

  • Table of contents

    Dedication
    Figures and Tables
    Acknowledgements I
    Acknowledgements II
    Prologue

    Part I:
    Listening, Pedagogy, Theatre, and Cultural Citizenship
    Listening as an Artful Practice of Care
    Listening and Caring as Political Acts
    Creating Social Value from Theatre
    The System: Worlds Apart but Structurally Familiar

    The Settings: Brief Social, Political and Educational Portraits of Athens, Lucknow, Coventry, Tainan, Toronto
    Athens, Greece: Setting the Context
    Lucknow, India: Setting the Context
    Coventry, England: Setting the Context
    Tainan, Taiwan: Setting the Context
    Toronto, Canada: Setting the Context

    Ethnography and its Ecologies
    An Overview of Data Collection
    A Word about Ethnography

    The Qualitative Landscape: Care and Cultural Citizenship
    Daring to Dream in Greek Austerity
    Misfit Citizenship and Political Personhood in India: A Methodology of Critical Dialogue and Rehearsed Futurity

    Hope, Performance Pedagogies, and Democratic Citizenship
    Canley Youth Theatre’s Missive to the World—Listen
    A Pedagogy of Hope
    Tainan Students Making the World they Need
    The Self, the Collective: Theatre and Social Change

    Interdependency Against All Odds
    Voicing Toronto Stories for a more Equal World
    The Territory of Race, Racism, and Gender in Verbatim Theatre Creation
    Visible and Invisible Vulnerabilities in Oral History Storytelling
    Muckles’ Story of Hearing and Being Heard
    Youth Alienation from Mainstream Politics: Who is the Knowledgeable Citizen?
    Devising Theatre, Identity and the Search for Structure and Meaning

    Hope and Care in the Quantitative Landscape
    Key Quantitative Findings Across Sites
    ‘Outside the Mainstream’ and the Nature of Personal Hope and Experiences of Care
    Generating Hope through Self-Creation in the School, the Community, and in the Drama-Making Space
    Young People as Care-Givers
    Finding and Giving Care in Context
    To Conclude: Wrestling Towards Hope through Relationships of Care

    Epilogue: Acting in Concert

    Turning Towards Part II:
    Towards Youth Audience Research

    Part II:
    A Step Towards Youth
    By Andrew Kushnir

    Towards Youth: A Play on Radical Hope
    By Andrew Kushnir

    Appendix
    References
    Index

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