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Documentary theatre in twenty-first-century Russia

Since the early 2000s, Russia’s most innovative theatre artists have increasingly taken to incorporating material from real-life events into their performance practice. As the Kremlin’s crackdown on freedom of expression continues to tighten, playwrights and directors are using documentary theatre to create space for public discussion of injustice in the civic sphere and its connections to the country’s twentieth-century past. This book traces the history of documentary theatre’s remarkable growth in Russia since its inception in 1999 and situates the form’s impact within the sociopolitical setting of the Putin years (2000–). It argues that through the practice of performing documents, Russia’s theatre artists are creating a new type of cultural and historical archive that challenges the dominance of state-sponsored media and invites individuals to participate in a collective renegotiation of cultural narratives. Drawing on the author’s previous work as a researcher, producer, and performer of documentary theatre in contemporary Russia, Witness Onstage offers original insight into the nature of the exchange between audience and performance as well as new perspectives on the efficacy of theatre as a venue for civic engagement.

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Tackling the urban through ethnography

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Bearing in mind the tenuous relationship between practice, research and theory to date and difficulties in accurately assessing the transformational impacts of individual projects or, indeed, an individual conflict transformation tool or process, it is in this spirit that the ‘personal’ is utilized. Understanding conflict transformation through social and economic development in

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Integrative concepts for a criminology of mass violence

research common criminological concerns. As such, the phrase ‘criminological research methods’ tends to be something of a misnomer and, in practice, re­searchers use an eclectic range of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods drawn from across the social sciences and humanities. Naturally, methods do not exist in the abstract but only in relation to concrete research questions. For the purposes of this section, then, it is proposed that a broad, two-part question suggests itself from the foregoing discussion: (1) Which accounts of moral arousal management best fit

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Imagination/the intuitive Authenticity Credibility The prior referent Imitation of an action Objectivity Subjectivity Particular truth Essential truth content Data/information Feelings/emotions Current affairs issues ‘Human condition’ issues Public over private Private over public Institutions Individuals practice Research/accuracy Invention/creativity The journalist/researcher The writer/creator Unrehearsed pro-filmic events Rehearsal prior to filming Commentary/statement Dialogue Real-world individual Character Behaviour Acting Exegesis (e.g. captions) Diegesis

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1922.4 Since the 1940s, Race Relations theory and policy has been further developed and internationalised, through the United Nations and within nation-states.5 In the UK the Race Relations approach has been developed through think tanks, research centres, government legislation and national and local government policy.6 The close relationship between Race Relations policy and theory has meant ‘that in practice, researchers have been pulled in a variety of directions, by both political and academic pressures’.7 There has been, for example, political pressure for

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epidemiological research and health service assessment. 85 Now motivated by the need to plan services, and using the research opportunities offered by the welfare state, many social medicine researchers conducted extensive morbidity surveys of ‘normal’ populations in Britain and its colonies during the 1950s and 1960s. 86 They were joined in this pursuit by civil servants and a host of other medical professionals. Government officials used statistical returns from GPs to map general morbidity patterns, whilst hospital clinicians, MOHs, and general practice research

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evocative form of theatrical recollection. In other words, this book suggests that the practice of theatrical reenactment has, in fact, become an important mode for the enactment of new cultural narratives in twenty-first-century Russian culture. Practice research The transformative capacity of Russian documentary theatre was one element of the practice I observed closely during my time performing in the Joseph Beuys Theatre/Sakharov Center co-production Legacy of Silence between 2010 and 2011. My work in the show gave me a chance to witness the production process, to

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North East Thames, London, found that clinical cases of autistic spectrum disorder had been rising since 1979, but there had been no sharp increase after the introduction of the MMR jab in 1988. 141 A 2001 study in the British Medical Journal used the UK General Practice Research Database (GPRD) to conduct a time-trend analysis to measure rates of children with clinical

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