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Overview

Ethnodrama: An Anthology of Reality Theatre contains seven carefully-selected ethnodramas that best illustrate this emerging genre of arts-based research, a burgeoning but evident trend in the field of theatre production itself. In his introduction to ethnodrama and to the plays themselves, Saldaña emphasizes how a credible, vivid, and persuasive rendering of a research participant's story as a theatrical performance creates insights for both researcher and audience not possible through conventional qualitative data analysis. With their focus on the personal, immediate and contextual, these plays about marginalized identities, abortion, street life and oppression manage a unique balance between theoretical research and everyday realism.
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Editorial Reviews

Harry F. Wolcott
What a splendid opportunity Professor Saldaña gives us here to help qualitative researchers learn more about the genre of research known as ethnodrama. Following his excellent overview, he provides examples of three types of reality theatre—monologue, dialogue, and ethnodramatic 'extension'—including the full text from seven of these productions. Bravo for this much needed resource.
Tom Barone
This is a glorious book that breaks new ground in research methodology and data representation. Effectively advancing a form of performative arts-based research, its anthology of plays illustrates a blurring of the fields of theatre and ethnography. Through powerful examples, it teaches both qualitative researchers and producers of theatre important lessons about how to entertain audiences while also informing them about important social issues.
Stage Of The Art Journal
Overall, the ethnodramas take us on a roller-coaster ride of themes, issues and emotions that leave a lasting impression. . . Saldaña's outstanding collection will generate valuable conversation in teaching, research and theatre contexts regarding both ists contents and methods. . . the book will provide a valuable resource for my graduate arts-based research classes, and food for thought in my own quest for 'finding the proper balance between research as art and art as research'. . . . Rich with examples of high quality performative arts-based research, the book is a stimulating read—instructive and entertaining, as good theatre should be.
Forum: Qualitative Social Research - Jan Cohen-Cruz
...[This] book is an important addition to the broad field of performance that extends into other disciplines and embraces more than aesthetic goals. Ethnodrama advocates for drama as a form of qualitative research that brings more voices to the public and as an occasion for valuable dialogue between actors and audiences.
Norman K. Denzin and Yvonna S. Lincoln
This book is long overdue. Those of us committed to the performance paradigm have not had, in a single source, a collection of ethnodramas that could be used for teaching and instruction. Saldaña's anthology gives us this book. . . .[His] magnificent introduction locates this field in its proper literatures, gives the reader a vocabulary of terms (plot, story line, dramatic structure, character, scenography) and a typology of forms. . . .Johnny Saldaña and his collaborators are to be thanked for giving us the platform from which this new form of critical qualitative inquiry can be launched.
Stage of The Art Journal
Overall, the ethnodramas take us on a roller-coaster ride of themes, issues and emotions that leave a lasting impression. . . Saldaña's outstanding collection will generate valuable conversation in teaching, research and theatre contexts regarding both ists contents and methods. . . the book will provide a valuable resource for my graduate arts-based research classes, and food for thought in my own quest for 'finding the proper balance between research as art and art as research'. . . . Rich with examples of high quality performative arts-based research, the book is a stimulating read—instructive and entertaining, as good theatre should be.
Forum: Qualitative Social Research
...[This] book is an important addition to the broad field of performance that extends into other disciplines and embraces more than aesthetic goals. Ethnodrama advocates for drama as a form of qualitative research that brings more voices to the public and as an occasion for valuable dialogue between actors and audiences.
— Jan Cohen-Cruz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759108134
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Series: Crossroads in Qualitative Inquiry Series
  • Edition description: Dual Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 9.15 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Johnny Saldaña is a Professor of Theatre at Arizona State University.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Acknowledgments Part 2 Series Editors' Introduction Part 3 Prologue: the theatre Part 4 An Introduction to Ethnodrama Part 5 Part One—Ethnodramatic Monologue Chapter 6 Scenes from Voices in the Rain Chapter 7 Scenes from 14 Chapter 8 Chalkboard Concerto: Growing Up as a Teacher in the Chicago Public Schools Part 9 Part Two—Ethnodramatic Dialogue with Monologue Chapter 10 Storm Tracking: Scenes of Marital Disintegration Chapter 11 The Practice Chapter 12 Wearing the Secret Out Part 13 Part Three—Ethnodramatic Extensions Chapter 14 Baddies, Grubs and the Nitty-Gritty Chapter 15 Street Rat Chapter 16 Hidden Part 17 Appendix: Dramatic Models for Ethnodrama Part 18 About the Contributors
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