1st Edition

International Perspectives on Drama and Citizenship Education Acting Globally

Edited By Nicholas McGuinn, Norio Ikeno, Ian Davies, Edda Sant Copyright 2022
    234 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    234 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    WINNER of the Children’s Identity and Citizenship European Association’s (CiCea) award for Best Book 2021, this book brings together respected international academics and practitioners from citizenship and drama to debate, share their experiences and plan a way forward for academic and professional best practice in drama and citizenship education for a democratic society.

    Drawing on international contributions, the chapters explore fundamental ideas about theatre and drama from a global perspective with connections made to action and identity. The main section of the book showcases authors from around the world discussing their perspectives of what is happening within particular countries and exploring a range of ideas and issues that relate to vitally important matters including community, socialism, post-colonialism, diversity, inclusion and more. The final section of the book brings together teams of authors from citizenship and drama education, who discuss the essential elements of citizenship education and encourage insight and practical collaboration from drama experts.

    The book is unique in presenting dynamic interaction between citizenship and drama experts and encouraging academics and professionals to develop their own work in these areas. It will be of great interest to academics, researchers and students in the fields of citizenship education, drama education and all those interested in promoting social justice through education.


    Nicholas McGuinn, Norio Ikeno, Edda Sant, and Ian Davies

    Part I: Perspectives and principles

    1. Theatre and citizenship education: global perspectives and points of contact

    Christopher B. Balme

    2. Drama and active citizenship

    Peter O’Connor and Kelly Freebody

    3. Young people, musical theatre and identity

    Danny Braverman

    Part II: Country case studies

    4. China – drama and citizenship in China: a practitioner’s story

    Xu Jun with Zhai Yueqin

    5. Russia—social theatre

    Manon van de Water

    6. Colombia – making other people’s memories your own: theatre practices and citizenship

    Laissa M. Rodríguez Moreno

    7. England – searching for social justice education in a challenging context

    Nicholas McGuinn and Ian Davies

    8. Japan – at the forefront of change

    Takahiro Watanabe

    9. New Zealand – broken treaties, broken vows: unearthing the bones in citizenship education

    Peter O’Connor and Kelly Freebody

    10. South Africa – struggling on

    Martin Braund and Logamurthie Athiemoolam

    11. Pakistan – oppositional voices and strategies of critique

    Farhan Ebadat Yar Khan, Rida Sarfra, and Ghazal Syed

    12. USA – challenging compliance: activating citizens for change

    Bethany Nelson

    Part III: Ideas, issues and actions

    13. Ways into drama: preparing for engagement

    Jonathan Sharp and Peter Brett

    14. Voices: drama and the development of speaking and acting in public spaces

    Sarah Evans, Caroline Pacievich, Marcia Donadel, and Edda Sant

    15. Youth political literacy and drama pedagogy Daehoon Jho and Cheraé Halley

    16. Against the odds: community citizenship education and drama in South Africa

    Joseph Divala, Martin Braund, and Logamurthie Athiemoolam

    17. Drama and social and moral responsibility

    Andrew Peterson and Joseph Winston

    18. Identity, drama and citizenship education

    Ghazal Shaikh and Paulina Bronfman Collavati

    19. Professional development

    Lee Jerome, Gareth Evers, and Alex Suthern

    20. Conclusions and recommendations

    Nicholas McGuinn, Norio Ikeno, Edda Sant, and Ian Davies


    Nicholas McGuinn is currently a Visiting Fellow at the University of York, UK and has worked in secondary and higher education for over 40 years. He has published in the fields of teacher training as well as English and drama pedagogy.

    Norio Ikeno is Professor at Nippon Sport Science University, Japan. Before that, he worked for 35 years at the Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University, Japan.

    Ian Davies is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Education, University of York, UK. He is a Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; has worked as an expert in education for democratic citizenship for the Council of Europe; and has been a Visiting Professor at the Education University of Hong Kong.

    Edda Sant is a Reader at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. A former social studies and citizenship teacher, her research interests lie in citizenship, political and democratic education. She has published widely in this field, including her 2021 monograph Political Education in Times of Populism.

    "This book is a gem. Since ancient times citizenship and drama have been intricately linked with the latter acting as vehicle for communicating civic ideas and fostering the formation of well informed, skillful, and empathetic citizens. In theoretically and pedagogically rich ways, the chapters in this collection explore a wide range of deep connections between drama and civic life across an impressive array of national and cultural contexts. It is a remarkable addition to the literature for academics and practitioners in both fields and beyond."

    Professor Alan Sears, Faculty of Education, University of New Brunswick


    "By including prominent and experienced authors around the world, this book is unique and distinct when compared to other education texts. It offers an engaging new learning approach for faculty, researchers, and students in exploring the nexus between drama and citizenship education. It encompasses valuable experiences of academics, researchers, and practitioners from different parts of the world, which serves as an informational and a motivational source for the audiences to suit their own needs. The content of this book develops systematically in a scholarly yet informative way, which encourages and inspires readers to be reflective on ideas, issues and actions related to theatre, drama, musical, identity, and citizenship. This approach certainly provides fruitful ideas and directions for any readers to develop their understanding and practices about drama and citizenship education. It is a must read as an educators’ guide on drama and citizenship education."

    Dr. Eric Kng-man Chong, School of Education and Languages, Hong Kong Metropolitan University