Maternal environments

Breed, Ananda (2017) Maternal environments. Performance Research, 22 (4). pp. 105-112. ISSN 1352-8165

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This article explores the creation of ‘maternal environments’ in my work alongside my infants in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia as a practice conducive to socially engaged performance towards peacemaking. Sara Ruddick defines peacemaking as ‘a way of living in which it is possible to learn and to practice nonviolent resistance and strategies of reconciliation. This description of peacemaking is a description of mothering’ (1990: 244). I use the term maternal environments to conceptualize the kind of human relationships and social systems that are forged through mothering as a ‘socially constructed set of activities and relationships involved in nurturing and caring for people’ (Forcey 1994: 357). My own experiences of mothering while working as a lead consultant and applied performance facilitator with my infants and partner for the Youth Theatre for Peace (YTP) project in Kyrgyzstan for the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) in addition to training workshops for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Foundation for Tolerance International (FTI) from 2010 to 2016 are used as case studies to explore maternal environments. This article will process these deeply personal accounts of working alongside my infants to advocate for positive role-balance, institutional structural support, health-promoting lifestyles and family-friendly policies and programmes.

Keywords:Socially engaged performance, Applied Performance
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W440 Theatre studies
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Fine Arts)
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Deposited On:20 Apr 2018 11:51

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