Engaging with Human Rights: truth and reconciliation and hang



In a series of plays since 2005 debbie tucker green has dramatized human rights issues and global injustice. In this chapter Derbyshire and Hodson argue that these dramas go beyond raising awareness of injustice to present complex ethical questions stemming from the specific and subjective experience of those affected. Insisting on the significance of axes of power and discrimination, tucker green encourages spectators to reflect on the impact of factors such as race, gender and nationality both on the experiences of the characters and on their own responses to the drama. By such means, Derbyshire and Hodson argue, the plays work to awaken a reflective self-awareness which enables the adoption of new subject positions from which injustice can be addressed. They make this case with reference to truth and reconciliation (2011) and hang (2015), considering them in relation to the treatment of the archetypal human rights figures of the victim and the perpetrator.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of GreenwichLondonUK
  2. 2.University of LeicesterLeicesterUK

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