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The potential of ethnographic drama in the representation, interpretation, and democratization of sociolinguistic research

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Blackledge A & Creese A (2022) The potential of ethnographic drama in the representation, interpretation, and democratization of sociolinguistic research. Journal of Sociolinguistics. https://doi.org/10.1111/josl.12546

Abstract
In this paper, we discuss the affordances of an approach to the representation, interpretation, and democratization of sociolinguistic research, which utilizes the tools and methods of the theatre. Taking as an example a team ethnographic research project conducted across four cities in the UK, we discuss the process of creating drama from material observed as social practice. Drawing on observations in a welfare advice centre in a Chinese community centre, and a city-based volleyball team, we propose that theatre techniques enable audiences and academic researchers to see communicative encounters in a new light. We propose that ethnographic drama offers three opportunities in particular: (i) it has the potential to make available outcomes of research beyond the academy; (ii) it has the potential to discover understandings of ethnographic material which remain latent in accounts that do not involve performance; and (iii) it has the capacity to democratize voice, privileging the voices of research participants rather than those of academic researchers. Ethnographic drama thus offers considerable potential in the representation, interpretation, and democratization of sociolinguistic research.

Keywords
ethnographic drama theatre; interpretation; representation; sociolinguistics

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Output Status: Forthcoming/Available Online

Journal
Journal of Sociolinguistics

StatusIn Press
Publication date online28/02/2022
Date accepted by journal27/02/2022
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/33995
PublisherWiley
ISSN1360-6441
eISSN1467-9841

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Professor Adrian Blackledge
Professor Adrian Blackledge

Professor in Education, Education

Professor Angela Creese
Professor Angela Creese

Professor in Education, Education