Should I Have Said “No”? Critical Reflections on Tensions in Forum Theater

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Abstract

Tensions play a productive role in the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion, a process in which certain voices are privileged and others are marginalized. In this article, I invite the reader to join me on a self-reflexive journey through my facilitation of a Forum Theater event with young refugees, which took place in a context of harsh xenophobic sentiment in the public debate in Denmark. I wish to share my challenging experiences with facilitation of Forum Theater in this group, as well as critically reflect on why I engaged in dialogue with the group the way I did and how the effects of my own privileges were invisible to me at the time of framing the facilitation, even if my aim was to contribute to awareness and activism. Through my writing, I have become aware of how my blindness to the differences regarding race and social status became crucial for the knowledge we could produce in the group. I conclude the article by discussing how a facilitator can use the perceived tensions as stepping stones in activist inquiry.
Translated title of the contributionSkulle jeg have sagt "nej"?: Kritiske refleksioner på spændinger i forumteater
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Review of Qualitative Research
ISSN1940-8447
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Aug 2020

Keywords

  • Forum Theater
  • Empowerment
  • Dialogue
  • Critical reflexive analysis
  • Whiteness
  • Othering

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