Play, Creativity, and Social Movements
If I Can't Dance, it's Not My Revolution
By (author) Benjamin Shepard
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Play, Creativity, and Social Movements by Benjamin Shepard
Book DescriptionAs we play, we step away from stark reality to conjure up new possibilities for the present and our common future. Today, a new cohort of social activists are using it to create social change and reinvent democratic social relations. In contrast to work or routine, play must be free. To the extent that it is, it infuses a high-octane burst of innovation into any number of organizational practices and contexts, and invites social actors to participate in a low-threshold, highly democratic process of collaboration, based on pleasure and convivial social relations. Despite the contention that such activities are counterproductive, movements continue to put the right to party on the table as a part of a larger process of social change, as humor and pleasure disrupt monotony, while disarming systems of power. Through this book, Shepard explores notions of play as a social movement activity, considering some of the meanings, applications and history of the concept in relation to social movement groups ranging from Dada and Surrealism to Situationism, the Yippies to the Young Lords, ACT UP to the Global Justice, anti-gentrification, community and anti-war movements of recent years.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415963244
(229mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Apr-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Play, Creativity, and Social Movements, Paperback (May 2013)View all books by Benjamin Shepard
The streets of cities around the world have been filled with a new theatrical model of protest, with creativity, fun, pleasure, and play as its cornerstones. This book examines the historical use and development of 'play', as well looking at the recent ways in which it has infused protest and community building.
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Author Biography - Benjamin Shepard
Benjamin Shepard, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Human Service at the New York School of Technology/City University of New York.
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