Eschatological field notes: community theatre, AIDS, and the fate of informant D. in Ilemera, Tanzania

Johansson, Ola (2007) Eschatological field notes: community theatre, AIDS, and the fate of informant D. in Ilemera, Tanzania. Nordic Theatre Studies, 19 . ISSN 0904-6380 [Article]

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The article describes the multiple, interdisciplinary approaches of my research on community theatre against AIDS in Tanzania. Besides qualitative methods such as performance analysis, focus group discussions, and interviews, quantitative information such as statistics and other modes of epidemiological data collection are taken into consideration. The focus is on a community centre in Ilemera village and its informants for my research project. The article is based on an analysis of a performance in the village and group interviews with the members of the community centre. Policy issues on condom use, religious dogmas, anti-retroviral therapy, prostitution, and free speech are analysed. Several discursive discrepancies are detected in interviews, except with one (anonymous) member of the Ilemera community centre, who speaks out on sensitive issues in defiance of her moral and financial benefactor (a Christian branch). Such confidential talks count as a backstage phenomenon, or even performance, which I consider as valuable as community performance in pursuit of the epidemiological and social reality in Ilemera.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Currents and Trends in Contemporary Scholarship
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Performing Arts
Item ID: 10832
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Depositing User: Ola Johansson
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2013 06:52
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2021 09:11

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