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Documentary theatre in twenty-first-century Russia
Author: Molly Flynn

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.

An ‘aesthetics of care’ through aural attention
Sylvan Baker and Maggie Inchley

This chapter reflects on an interdisciplinary practice research project, The Verbatim Formula (TVF), based at Queen Mary University of London, consisting of a series of residential workshops with care-experienced young people using verbatim theatre practices. Drawing on feminist care ethicist Nel Noddings’ analogy between aesthetic engagement and the art of caring, the authors reflect on the shared values and aesthetics of acts of care and participatory practices, and how these inhere in the attentiveneness, attunement and receptivity involved in performing and receiving verbatim material using headphone theatre technique. The chapter incorporates testimonies from its care-experienced co-researchers and draws on Joan Tronto’s argument that there is a radical need for an intervention into the dynamics of power in society that ensure that those for whom the structures of care are least effective are heard and attended to. In acknowledging the ‘ugliness’ of caring and the ongoing labour of attunement, listening emerges in TVF both as an aesthetic but also as a care-based participatory and political practice, that aims to empower care-experienced young people to intervene in the structures that represent them and to support adults to honour their experiences and needs.

in Performing care
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Environmental justice and citizen science in a post-truth age
Editors: Thom Davies and Alice Mah

This book examines the relationship between environmental justice and citizen science, focusing on enduring issues and new challenges in a post-truth age. Debates over science, facts, and values have always been pivotal within environmental justice struggles. For decades, environmental justice activists have campaigned against the misuses of science, while at the same time engaging in community-led citizen science. However, post-truth politics has threatened science itself. This book makes the case for the importance of science, knowledge, and data that are produced by and for ordinary people living with environmental risks and hazards. The international, interdisciplinary contributions range from grassroots environmental justice struggles in American hog country and contaminated indigenous communities, to local environmental controversies in Spain and China, to questions about “knowledge justice,” citizenship, participation, and data in citizen science surrounding toxicity. The book features inspiring studies of community-based participatory environmental health and justice research; different ways of sensing, witnessing, and interpreting environmental injustice; political strategies for seeking environmental justice; and ways of expanding the concepts and forms of engagement of citizen science around the world. While the book will be of critical interest to specialists in social and environmental sciences, it will also be accessible to graduate and postgraduate audiences. More broadly, the book will appeal to members of the public interested in social justice issues, as well as community members who are thinking about participating in citizen science and activism. Toxic Truths includes distinguished contributing authors in the field of environmental justice, alongside cutting-edge research from emerging scholars and community activists.

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Tanya Cheadle

fertile American soil’.12 The Brotherhood belief in the compatibility of religion and sexuality may conceivably have influenced later, alternative religious practices. Research in heterodox religion in modern Scotland is burgeoning, with new work by Michelle Foot on spiritualism in Scottish art and by Michael Shaw on occult and theosophical themes in Scottish cultural nationalism.13 Steven Sutcliffe has emphasised the significant role played by ‘postPresbyterian’ traditions such as spiritualism and theosophy in twentiethcentury Scotland ‘as religious resources for lower

in Sexual progressives
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Leonie Hannan and Sarah Longair

material things. However, where rooms, buildings and landscapes all have material qualities to analyse, we might also think about the ‘intangible heritage’: living culture that resides in communities, practices and traditions (such as dance and music) and ways of remembering collective pasts. 15 This last category of heritage is outside of the scope of this guide, but can become pertinent to studies of material culture as they relate to a diverse range of cultural practices. Research project: a common structure Project summary (What is

in History through material culture
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Tackling the urban through ethnography
Camilla Lewis and Jessica Symons

(2): 241–258. Cochrane, Allan, Jamie Peck, and Adam Tickell. 1996. “Manchester plays games: exploring the local politics of globalisation”. Urban Studies 33 (8): 1319–1336. Colomb, Claire and John Tomaney. 2016. “Territorial politics, devolution and spatial planning in the UK: results, prospects, lessons”. Planning Practice & Research 31 (1): 1–22. Communities and Local Government Committee. 2015. Devolution in England. In Department for Communities and Local Government. London: House of Commons. Corsín Jiménez, Alberto and Adolfo Estalella. 2016. “Ecologies in

in Realising the city
Integrative concepts for a criminology of mass violence
Jon Shute

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

in Human remains and mass violence
Derek Paget

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

in No other way to tell it
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Sandra Buchanan

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

in Transforming conflict through social and economic development
Dorothy Porter

, The Incidence and Prevalence of Parkinson's Disease in the UK: Results from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink Summary Report (December, 2017) , available at www.parkinsons.org.uk/about-us/media-and-press-office , accessed 27 September 2019. 5 ‘Parkinson's disease’, The Free Dictionary (2018), available at https://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/parkinson%27s+disease , accessed 21 August 2019

in Balancing the self