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

John Sullivan, Sharon Petronella, 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 (US)
    Pages (from-to)166-179
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of Health Psychology
    Volume13
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Mar 2008

    Keywords

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

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Psychology(all)
    • Clinical Psychology

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