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Struggling to Cross the Race and Class Divide: Sistren's Theatrical and Organizational Model of Collectivity

Smith, Karina (2010) Struggling to Cross the Race and Class Divide: Sistren's Theatrical and Organizational Model of Collectivity. Theatre Research International, 36 (1). pp. 64-78. ISSN 0307-8833

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Abstract

This article analyses Sistren Theatre Collective's theatrical and organizational collective model by contextualizing the company's commitment to collectivity in terms of political and social shifts in Jamaica during the 1980s. Despite the importance of collective organizing as an important form of resistance to neo-liberalism, the article examines how race- and class-based divisions within Jamaican society were reproduced within Sistren. I argue that this was because collectivity masked the differences between the members of the group, rather than allowing for discussions on how these differences could be negotiated and the divides crossed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID21047, ResPubID25009, Sistren Theatre Collective, race examination, class divide examination, group solidarity, social stratification, organizational methodology, personal testimonies, gender, race, class oppression, drama classes
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Communication and the Arts
FOR Classification > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
SEO Classification > 9501 Arts and Leisure
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Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 22 May 2012 00:28
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2015 06:49
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7018
DOI: 10.1017/S0307883310000726
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