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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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Finding the Story

Finding the Story

(p.132) Chapter 7 Finding the Story
Rewriting the Victim

Erin M. Kamler

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the creation of the story of “Land of Smiles”—a story designed to push back against the dominant trafficking narrative driving the U.S. Abolitionist Project. I illustrate the process by which I drew on the field interviews of the Phase One research to find the arc of this dramatic story and build it through scenes and songs. I discuss the analytical and intuitive aspects of “power moments”: notable incidents, occurrences, and themes in the interview data that emerged as dramatically significant. These power moments not only steered the arc of the dramatic narrative, but also served as indicators of the power dynamics at play within the anti-trafficking movement itself. I conclude with a discussion of how in the DAR praxis, the unconsciously produced dramatic narrative helps us make new discoveries about the subject of our original research.

Keywords:   trafficking, narrative, theater, dramatization, Thailand

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