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Acts of activism: human rights as radical performance

Acts of activism: human rights as radical performance

Madison, D. Soyini

Focusing on local activists in South Saharan Africa, 'Acts of Activism' shows how they employ indigenous performances as effective tactics in the defence of human rights

Hardback, Book. English.
Published Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010
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Statement of responsibility: D. Soyini Madison
ISBN: 0521519225, 9780521519229
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xi, 322 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Series: Theatre and performance theory
Subject: Performing arts Social aspects Africa, Sub-Saharan.; Performance; Human rights in art.; Protest movements Africa, Sub-Saharan; Political drama; Case studies.; Theatre; Human rights; Human rights Africa, Sub-Saharan.; Political activists Africa, Sub-Saharan.; Africa, Sub-Saharan Music. Politics and government.; Radical theater Africa, Sub-Saharan.; Socialism; Performing arts Political aspects Africa, Sub-Saharan.; Politics
Series Title: Theatre and performance theory.


  1. List of illustrations
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Introduction
  4. Act I. Is it a human being or a girl?
  5. Act II. Water rites/rights
  6. Act III. Acts of activism
  7. Epilogue
  8. Appendices: Scripts: Appendix 1. Is it a human being or a girl?
  9. Appendix 2. Water rites
  10. Bibliography
  11. Index.


'Soyini Madison engages in a rich discussion of the complexities of gender and human rights in Ghana ... powerful exploration of the role of performance in shaping a certain type of social dialog that is bottom-up, an instrument for the community to understand and come to terms with injustices within ... An important contribution to the scholarship about gender wrongs and rights, Acts of Activism crosses disciplines and links performance art to sociology and cultural anthropology, expands the scope of discussion about how to right wrongs, and the imperative of debate within communities rather than imposition of Western values and norms.' Human Rights Review