The Problem of Theatrical Autonomy

Analysing Theatre as a Social Practice

Joshua Edelman, Louise Ejgod Hansen, and Quirijn Lennert van den Hoogen

The Problem of Theatrical Autonomy

Joshua Edelman, Louise Ejgod Hansen, and Quirijn Lennert van den Hoogen

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

222 pages | 7 line drawings | 6 x 9
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9789462980792 Published March 2017 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
As any devoted theatergoer will attest, watching a performance is a unique experience, as the social setting, rules, and standards of theater often combine to create a feeling of liberation from the everyday world. This book explores the phenomenon of theater as simultaneously distinct from and yet connected to society as a whole. Combining theoretical reflections with materials from European case studies, the authors offer intriguing new methods for the sociological study of theater while contributing equally to theater and performance studies.
Contents
Introduction
 
1. How can we define autonomy?
1.1. The formula
1.2. The development and nature of specific capital
1.3. Actions of agents in theatre fields: Position-taking
1.4. Agents in theatre fields
1.5. Is theatre different?
1.6. Conclusion
 
2. The concept of artistic autonomy
2.1. The functional perspective on art
2.2. Dickie, Danto and Becker: Art as an institution
2.3. Actor-Network Theory: Critique of field theory
2.4. Boltanski and Thévenot: Art and value regimes
2.5. Conclusion
 
3. Autonomy in the contemporary theatre
3.1. Two forms of the argument against theatrical autonomy
3.2. Post-dramatic and immersive theatre
3.3. Verbatim and documentary theatre
3.4. Applied and community theatre
3.5. Commercial theatre and stand-up comedy
3.6. Conclusion
 
4. How agents in theatre fields make use of claims to autonomy
4.1. Claims to autonomy influence the shape of the theatre field
4.2. Things that autonomy allows agents to do
4.3. Conclusion
 
5. How theatre organization shapes claims to autonomy
5.1. Funding systems
5.2. Training
5.3. The relationship between production and distribution
5.4. Internationalization
5.5. The relationship between national and regional subsidy
5.6. Conclusion
 
6. How claims to autonomy serve those outside theatre fields
6.1. Moral betterment and education
6.2. Issues of self-representation
6.3. Economic development
6.4. Social inclusion
6.5. Conclusion
 
Conclusion
References
About the Authors
Index
 
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