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Chapter 3

THEA 2400 Chapter Notes - Chapter 3: Ethnocentrism, Enculturation


Department
Theatre
Course Code
THEA 2400
Professor
Victoria Depew
Chapter
3

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Chapter 3- Textbook
Definitions:
Theatre of the people= A type of theatre that provides a forum for everyday people to express
themselves.
Culture= Composed of the values, standards, ad patterns of behavior of a particular group of
people.
Enculturation= the process by which we learn about our culture.
Multiculturalism= the endeavor to overcome all forms of discrimination, including racism,
sexism, and homophobia, so that people can coexist peacefully and attempt to achieve a
pluralistic society.
Stereotypes= shortcuts in thinking that attribute a generalized identity to people who are not
like us.
The Three Basic Types of Theatre:
Theatre of Identity= Promotes a particular people’s cultural identity and invites
members of that culture and other cultures to experiences that culture’s joys,
problems, history, traditions, and point of view.
Theatre of Protest= Objects to the dominant culture’s control and demands that a
minority culture’s voice and political agenda be heard.
Cross-Cultural Theatre= Mixes different cultures in an attempt to find understanding or
commonality among them.
More Definitions:
Yiddish Broadway= the Jewish theatre district on Second Avenue in New York City in the late
nineteenth and early twentieth century.
Harlem Renaissance= an African American literary, artistic, artistic, and musical movement
during the 1920s and the 1930s centered in the Harlem neighborhood in New York City.
Ethnocentrism= the practice of using one’s own culture as the standard for judging other
cultures.
Minstrel Theatre= Stage entertainment consisting of songs, dances, and comic scenes
performed by white actors in black face makeup; originated in the nineteenth century.
Facts:
1. The purpose of the theatre of the people is to promote cultural awareness by giving a voice to
all members of society and by increasing multiculturalism.
2. Theatre of protest could also be called theatre of social agenda or theatre of militancy
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