Theatre of the oppressed and environmental justice communities: A transformational therapy for the body politic

John Sullivan, Sharon Croisant, Edward Brooks, Maria Murillo, Loree Primeau, Jonathan Ward

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Abstract

Community Environmental Forum Theatre at UTMB-NIEHS Center in Environmental Toxicology uses Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) to promote involvement of citizens, scientists, and health professionals in deconstructing toxic exposures, risk factors, and cumulative stressors that impact the well-being of communities. The TO process encourages collective empowerment of communities by disseminating information and elaborating support networks. TO also elicits transformation and growth on a personal level via a dramaturgical system that restores spontaneity through image-making and improvisation. An NIEHS Environmental Justice Project, Communities Organized against Asthma & Lead, illustrates this interplay of personal and collective change in Houston, Texas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-179
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2008

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Keywords

  • Augusto Boal
  • Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR)
  • Drama therapy
  • Environmental justice (EJ)
  • Project COAL
  • Theatre of the Oppressed

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  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology

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Theatre of the oppressed and environmental justice communities : A transformational therapy for the body politic. / Sullivan, John; Croisant, Sharon; Brooks, Edward; Murillo, Maria; Primeau, Loree; Ward, Jonathan.

In: Journal of Health Psychology, Vol. 13, No. 2, 03.2008, p. 166-179.

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Sullivan, John ; Croisant, Sharon ; Brooks, Edward ; Murillo, Maria ; Primeau, Loree ; Ward, Jonathan. / Theatre of the oppressed and environmental justice communities : A transformational therapy for the body politic. In: Journal of Health Psychology. 2008 ; Vol. 13, No. 2. pp. 166-179.
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