Negotiating Narrative Identity in Intercultural Context - the Role of Applied Theatre

  • Heidi Marian Haraldsen Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Academy of Dance
  • Siri Ingul Nord universitet

Abstract

The purpose of this study has been to investigate whether applied drama and theatre can facilitate arenas and methods to support identity-construction, particularly favorable to an intercultural context, investigated through the concept of narrative identity. Identity and identity processes may be extra challenging to people with intercultural backgrounds. Research underpin that how you master your identity affects how you master your life. A participatory action research design, emphasizing the negotiation between theoretical and practical perspectives and different stakeholders was used to address the research question within the setting of intercultural applied theatre projects and aesthetic teacher education. The interpretations and analysis show that aesthetic processes of staging life stories (narratives), facilitate exploring, constructing, re-constructing and meta-reflecting on one's own identity, suggesting that a flexible identity may be an essential tool, a life skill, for people that live in an intercultural context so that they can participate in society in a meaningful and autonomous way.

(Published: 13 January, 2017)

Citiation: H.M. Haraldsen and S. Ingul. "Negotiating Narrative Identity in Intercultural Contexts - the Role of Applied Theatre." Journal for Research in Arts and Sports Education, Vol 1, 2017, pp 69-82. http://dx.doi.org/10.23865/jased.v1.536

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Author Biography

Heidi Marian Haraldsen, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Academy of Dance
Ph.D candidate
Published
2017-01-13
How to Cite
HARALDSEN, Heidi Marian; INGUL, Siri. Negotiating Narrative Identity in Intercultural Context - the Role of Applied Theatre. Journal for Research in Arts and Sports Education, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 2, jan. 2017. ISSN 2535-2857. Available at: <https://jased.net/index.php/jased/article/view/536>. Date accessed: 22 oct. 2017. doi: https://doi.org/10.23865/jased.v1.536.

Keywords

narrative identity; intercultural identity; aesthetic education; applied theatre; intercultural education