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Countering the Silence of Adoption Trauma:Towards an Ethical and Authentic Post-Verbatim Theatre Model

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posted on 2024-05-18, 02:38 authored by ALISON LAIRD INGRAM
Although being adopted is described as having lifelong consequences associated with trauma and loss, the lived experience of the adult “adoptee” is underrepresented/neglected in adoption research literature. Applying the Levinasian principle of ethics as a first philosophy, this study positions the adult “adoptee” both figuratively and literally, front-and-centre-stage. Using Betty Jean Lifton’s ‘cumulative adoption trauma’ theory as a research methodology this Applied Theatre as Research (ATAR) project is an attempt to counter the dominant ideological narrative of adoption by giving voice – a public, personal, political and collective voice – to the adult “adoptee”. Ultimately this study critiques the language of positivist adoption research and points to the symbolic violence of the twentieth century adoption industry/system. To assist, I have cast the philosophical voice of the player-poet, William Shakespeare, in a supporting role.

History

Principal supervisor

Fiona Helen Gregory

Additional supervisor 1

Dr Felix Nobis

Year of Award

2024

Department, School or Centre

Centre for Theatre and Performance

Course

Doctor of Philosophy (Theatre Performance)

Degree Type

DOCTORATE

Campus location

Australia

Faculty

Faculty of Arts

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