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Sociological Interviews as Drama

In this project I elaborate on similarities and differences in how sociologists and dramatists tell about society (cf. Becker 2007). I draw from the stage plays The Mental State of Gothenburg (2006, Angeredsteatern, Gothenburg) and The Mental State of Sweden (2013, Dramaten, Stockholm) by dramatist Mattias Andersson. In both these plays the manuscripts were based on transcribed interviews made by sociologists (me included), in the first play with young people around the city, and in the second with people all over the country. In the end both the interviewees and ”the sociologist” ended up on stage. The later as a somewhat morally ambiguous character. Focus is on what I have learned about my sociological practice by collaborating with an artist – and seeing “myself” on stage. Watching how my interviewees became characters clarified for me that I as well create portraits. This was not how I was taught to think about my trade, but academic writing of course involves dramaturgy too (cf. Back & Duneier 2006).

Projektledare: Helena Holgersson
Projekttid: 2018–2018
Finansiering: Fakultetsmedel

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