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International Perspectives on Drama and Citizenship Education
Acting Globally

ISBN 9780367524876
Published November 5, 2021 by Routledge
234 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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

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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