“Special theatre” as a tool of social inclusion: Russian and international experience



The aim of this article is to get the reader acquainted with the history of the inclusive theatre movement in Russia and abroad, as well as to discuss its challenges and perspectives in the context of social inclusion. The authors make an attempt to elaborate an inclusive theatre model, focusing on the system of concepts of the cultural-historical scientific school. The model is based on L.S. Vygotsky’s idea that every physical impairment reveals itself as a social “abnormality” of behaviour, which means that its overcoming can occur in a situation of organised social interaction. The authors argue that this kind of interaction can be created in the situation of inclusive theatrical activity, where “conflicts and collisions” are intentionally modeled, and where “pereghivanie” and reflection are regarded as the key mechanisms of organising the process of joint action.

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Keywords: social inclusion, “special theatre”, theatrical activity, “drama”, “pereghivanie”, reflective communication

Journal rubric: Memorable Dates

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/chp.2017130107

For citation: Rubtsova O.V., Sidorov A.V. “Special theatre” as a tool of social inclusion: Russian and international experience. Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2017. Vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 68–80. DOI: 10.17759/chp.2017130107.


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Information About the Authors

Olga V. Rubtsova, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor of the Department of "Age Psychology named after prof .L.F. Obukhova" of the Faculty of "Psychology of Education", Head of the "Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Modern Childhood", Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3902-1234, e-mail: ovrubsova@mail.ru

Anton V. Sidorov, senior lecturer, Moscow State University of Education, Moscow, Russia, e-mail: anton_sidoroff@mail.ru



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