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The story about theater organizations, the public's approval, and the actors' identity formation in Nordic disability theater
Department of Health and Social Sciences, Harstad Univeristy, Norway.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2010 (English)In: Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation, ISSN 1536-710X, ISSN 1536-710x, Vol. 9, no 4, 254-273 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Nordic disability theater is a relatively new and interesting field of disability research. In this article, the authors provide an overview of the field of disability theater in a Nordic context. The article is based on a comparative analysis from 3 research projects conducted in Sweden and Norway. The projects used qualitative methods and were analyzed from different theoretical perspectives. Interviews were conducted at 4 different disability theaters involving actors with hearing impairments, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, and mental disabilities. The aim of this article is to illustrate how the organizational settings reflect different goals and aims at the political and artistic levels. The authors will also address the relationship between the theaters and the public opinion and media. Finally, they will illustrate in what way organization, recognition, and public approval play an important role for the actors' identity formation and sense of belonging.

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Routledge , 2010. Vol. 9, no 4, 254-273 p.
Keyword [en]
disability arts, identity and belonging, organizational settings, public approval, theater organization, therapy versus art
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-38243DOI: 10.1080/1536710X.2010.523648OAI: diva2:373926
Available from: 2010-12-02 Created: 2010-12-02 Last updated: 2010-12-02Bibliographically approved

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