Theatre and Gendered Activism: Grassroot Discourses on Environmental Movement in Pasuruan


This paper deploys an interdisciplinary methodology and extends what is conventionally apprehended as discourse to include performance. It integrates the fields of performance studies, theater, gender studies and discourse analysis to document, contextualize and analyze the intersection of theater performance and activism in environmental movement initiated by IWINS (Initiatives for Water and Sanitation Improvement Through Network Supports) through the water and sanitation community network in Pasuruan. This paper considers why and how theater becomes an integral part of grass root activism, agency and collective identity narratives and counter narratives in confronting the ecological crisis in Pasuruan. By examining their discourse in light of Victor Turner’s concept of social drama, this paper provides a theoretical argumentation and intertextual reading of performance-conscious activism as discourse.

Keywords: performance, discourse, grassroot, activism

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