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Rewriting the VictimDramatization as Research in Thailand's Anti-Trafficking Movement$
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Erin M. Kamler

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190840099

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190840099.001.0001

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Articulating NGO Narratives

Articulating NGO Narratives

(p.161) Chapter 9 Articulating NGO Narratives
Rewriting the Victim

Erin M. Kamler

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces Phase Three of the DAR praxis: The “articulation” phase. Here, I look at the narratives of the NGO employees who attended performances of “Land of Smiles” and show how their participation created a space in which the articulation of experience could be heard and voiced. Returning to the concept of liberation—that transformed state in which members of a community recognize, take ownership of, and begin to heal the wounds brought on by social catastrophe and collective trauma, I discuss four key narratives that emerged among NGO employees in the focus groups following the performances. Linking these narratives to the themes that emerged in the original interviews with NGO employees, I illustrate the process by which these participants moved from passive bystander to active witness; from recollection to mourning; and from a state of rupture to one of hospitality.

Keywords:   NGOs, trafficking, Thailand, narrative, theater, articulation, performance, dialogue, witness

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