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

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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

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.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7018
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/S0307883310000726
Official URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0307883310000726
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Communication and the Arts
Historical > FOR Classification > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Historical > SEO Classification > 9501 Arts and Leisure
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
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