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Street Theatre as Democratic Politics in Ahmedabad

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Abstract

Abstract: This work examines the politicized use of street theatre by an adivasi (indigenous) community in the city of Ahmedabad, India. We consider Chharas’ deployment of theatre as a socio-spatial tactic in two interlocking registers: firstly, as a means through which to enact a re-scripting of criminalized subjectivity in the post-colonial moment; secondly and equally, to advance the practice and potential for democratic politics—a space for constructive encounter and dialogue across difference. We argue that performance furthers the staging of affirmative subjectivities, while providing a mechanism to challenge who has the right to be seen and heard within a public sphere. This article draws on ongoing collaborative research in Gujarat.


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Author(s): Johnston C, Bajrange D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Antipode

Year: 2014

Volume: 46

Issue: 2

Pages: 455-476

Print publication date: 01/03/2014

Online publication date: 22/10/2013

Acceptance date: 02/09/2013

ISSN (print): 0066-4812

ISSN (electronic): 1467-8330

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/anti.12053

DOI: 10.1111/anti.12053


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