Building cohesion among Bakgatla male adolescents: a performance as research approach

Show simple item record Paya, Tefo Omphile 2012-08-01T07:31:39Z 2012-08-01T07:31:39Z 2012-08-01
dc.description M.A. University of the Witwatersrand, Faculty of Humanities (Dramatic Art), 2011. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This practice led research explores masculine identity construction among young Bakgatla men. The research consists of a process-orientated performance intervention and a written component. I worked with a small group of young men of the Bakgatla tribe in the village of Mochudi, Botswana. Together we explored Masculine Identity, rites of passage and what it means to be a man within their community. This report begins within an introduction that frames the study. Then it proceeds in episodes until the overall conclusion. The first episode gives further context of the study by explaining the problem statement and rationale. Then the second episode goes on to give the aims of the study and how it was originally planned before commencement. In the third episode I discuss the theory relevant to my field of study. The following episode then goes into the pragmatics of the research and the analysis of key findings. The last episode I foreground my findings and the limitations of my study and suggest a possible way forward. The method of research used is practise-based research and the problemsthe study addresses are those of ethics versus aesthetics when applying theatre to a community setting and also the issue of the young men of the Bakgatla tribe being marginalised when it comes to dealing with issues about them. The practice led research demonstrated how a facilitator can use heightened performance effectively as a way of mirroring and deepening community-based interventions. Evidence was found that such a method could be more effective in finding a balance between ethics and aesthetics, resolving an on-going problem in other applied theatre methods that use performance processes of personal narratives to assist individuals and groups. This study also foregrounds knowledge about young men of the Bakgatla tribe and conclude that they should be given a space, similar to the kgotla, to confront and dialogue problems that face men in a contemporary Botswana. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.subject Performance en_ZA
dc.subject Masculinity en_ZA
dc.subject Narrative en_ZA
dc.subject Identity en_ZA
dc.subject Practices as research en_ZA
dc.subject Rites of Passage en_ZA
dc.title Building cohesion among Bakgatla male adolescents: a performance as research approach en_ZA
dc.type Thesis en_ZA

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