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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

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    Abstract

    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 member (called �D.� in confidence) of the Ilemera community centre, who speaks out about issues even in defiance of her moral and financial benefactor (a Christian branch) in a �backstage performance� that I consider as valuable as the community performance in pursuit of the epidemiological and social reality in Ilemera. This article, as well as the three previous ones, build on presentations from conferences and seminars I have been invited to in Europe, America, and Africa.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Nordic Theatre Studies
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Community theatre ; AIDS ; Tanzania ; HIV prevention ; gender ; youth
    Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
    ID Code: 787
    Deposited By: Dr Sven Ola Magnus Johansson
    Deposited On: 23 Nov 2007
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 18:20
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/787

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