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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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Conclusion Dramatization as Research

Conclusion Dramatization as Research

A Feminist Communication Intervention

(p.236) Conclusion Dramatization as Research
Rewriting the Victim

Erin M. Kamler

Oxford University Press

The book concludes with a summary of the project’s intervention, which sought to articulate the lived experiences of marginalized female migrant laborers—supposed “victims” of human trafficking in Thailand—through the feminist, liberatory modality of musical theater. I offer a discussion of how human rights advocates can further work to break through spaces of bystanding and engage with their beneficiaries as equals; how women at the grassroots, who seldom have a voice in the foreign-driven projects intended for their benefit can engage more productively with Western “experts;” and how can these “experts,” in turn, might adopt new ways of implementing interventions and understanding themselves. I discuss the power and utility of merging the arts with feminist international research, and I suggest ways for the Dramatization as Research (DAR) praxis to serve as a tool for future international development advocacy work.

Keywords:   theater, performance, policy, development, feminist international research, trafficking, Thailand, Dramatization as Research

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