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Contemporary Performance InterActions

Performing Welfare

Applied Theatre, Unemployment, and Economies of Participation

Authors: Bartley, Sarah

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  • Explores performance practices that address the intersection of youth, race, disability, and gender with unemployment between 2010-2018Focuses on performances that are created by unemployed non-professional performers
  • Interrogates the relationship between community, the individual, and the arts
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This book explores what happens to socially committed performance when state systems of social security are dismantled. Since 2010, a punishing programme of economic austerity and a seismic overhaul of the Welfare State in the United Kingdom has been accompanied by an ideological assault on dependency; a pervasive scapegoating of the poor, young, and disabled; and an intensification of the discursive relationship between morality and work. This book considers the artistic, material, and ideological consequences of such shifts for applied and socially engaged performance. 
Performing Welfare reveals how such arts practices might reconstitute notions of work and labour in socially constructive ways. It focuses on the political potential of participation during a period in which classifications of labour and productivity are intensely contested. It examines the migration of discourses from state policy to the cultural sector; narratives of community and aesthetics of dependency; the paradoxes of visibility in creative projects with stigmatised participants; the implicit relationship of participatory performance to neoliberal productivity; and, the parallels between gendered divisions of labour, social reproduction, and applied performance. 
It will appeal to students, scholars, and practitioners interested in applied and socially engaged performance, participation, community, representation, the welfare state, social policy, labour, and unemployment.      

About the authors

Sarah Bartley is a Lecturer in Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies at Queen Mary University of London, UK. Her research examines the intersections of work, participation, and performance at play within socially engaged and applied theatre practices. She has previously published in Contemporary Theatre Review and Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: Performing Welfare

    Pages 1-39

    Bartley, Sarah

  • Arts and Employability: Migrating Discourses of Skills, Creativity, and Competition

    Pages 41-78

    Bartley, Sarah

  • An Aesthetics of Dependency: Models of Individual Responsibility and Practices of Collectivity in Community Performance

    Pages 79-115

    Bartley, Sarah

  • Visibility, Invisibility, and Anonymity: Materialising Communities and Navigating the State in Collective Action

    Pages 117-158

    Bartley, Sarah

  • Biopolitics and the Unemployed Body in Applied Performance: Staging Labour, Disrupting Productivity, and Contesting Categorisation

    Pages 159-201

    Bartley, Sarah

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eBook 71,68 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-44854-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 90,94 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-44853-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Performing Welfare
Book Subtitle
Applied Theatre, Unemployment, and Economies of Participation
Authors
Series Title
Contemporary Performance InterActions
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-44854-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-44854-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-44853-0
Series ISSN
2634-5870
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 265
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations
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