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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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Restorative Justice and Reconciliation

Restorative Justice and Reconciliation

NGO Subjectivities

(p.180) Chapter 10 Restorative Justice and Reconciliation
Rewriting the Victim

Erin M. Kamler

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, I interrogate the narratives of NGO employees who attended performances of “Land of Smiles” to understand their liberatory outcomes. Focusing on five criteria from liberation psychology, I suggest that in order to have a liberatory effect, a project must be: Proactive (i.e., engaging ways of building shared understanding of history and social context in a community environment that will witness past events in order to prevent future violence and exclusion); Rupturing (i.e., disrupting dominant, hegemonic narratives); Dialogical (i.e., inspiring communication between individuals or groups); Consciousness-raising (i.e., generating new insights about one’s personal and social role in society); and Performative (i.e., communicating through a performance medium such a theater, dance, music, film, etc). Based on this criteria, I analyze the NGO narratives to understand how, after viewing the performances, these participants began to move from being passive bystanders to active witnesses.

Keywords:   NGOs, trafficking, narrative, Thailand, theater, performance, liberation psychology, rupture, dialogue, witness

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