Volume 1 of Theater(s) and Public Sphere in a Global and Digital Society explores the fundamental contribution that artistic and cultural forms bring to social dynamics and how these can consolidate cohabitation and create meaningfulness, in addition to fulfilling economic and regulatory needs. As symbolic forms of collective social practices, artistic and cultural forms weave together the meaning of territories, contexts, and peoples, and also of the generations who traverse them.
These forms of meaning interact with the social imaginary, mediate marginalization, transform barriers into bridges, and are indispensable tools for any social coexistence and its continuous rethinking in everyday life. The various epistemic approaches present here refer to sociology, theatre studies, cultural studies, psychology, economy of culture, and social statistics which observe theatre as a social phenomenon.
Contributors are: Maria Shevstova, Ilaria Riccioni, Roberta Paltrinieri, Gerhard Glüher, Raimondo Guarino, Mariselda Tessarolo, Raffaele Federici, Marco Serino, Maria Grazia Turri, Elena Olesina, Elena Polyudova, Marisol Facuse, Vincenzo Del Gaudio, Laura Gemini, Stefano Brilli, Jessica Camargo Molano, Annalisa Cicerchia, Simona Staffieri and Giulia Cavrini.
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Notes on Contributors
1 Artistic Processes and Characteristics: Key Problems of the Sociology of the Theatre In Dialogue with Pierre Bourdieu Maria Shevtsova
2 The Social and Political Impact of the Theatre in Contemporary Society Ilaria Riccioni
3 Theatre at University as a Way to Increase the Sense of Citizenship and Civil Spirit Roberta Paltrinieri
4 Staged Passages between Art and Everyday Life Gerhard Glüher
5 Urban Environment, Places for Performance A Groundbreaking Experience: Renato Nicolini and Estate Romana (1976–1985) Raimondo Guarino
6 The Theatre as the Stage of an Elusive Further Society Mariselda Tessarolo
7 Paris and Popular Theatre in Robert Michels La foule and the Audience in the Years of Classical Sociology Raffaele Federici
8 The Undone Discipline A Historical and Critical-Theoretical Account of the Sociology of the Theatre Marco Serino
9 Theatre as Intersubjective Space for the Mediation of Collective Identity Outline of a Psychoanalytic Perspective Maria Grazia Turri
10 Historical Reenactment and Theatrical Performance On New Perspectives of Educational Methods Elena Olesina and Elena Polyudova
11 Political Theatre in the 20th Century Elements for Archaeology Marisol Facuse
12 Blast Theory between Public Space and Social Space Vincenzo Del Gaudio
13 Live/Life Sharing The Use of Social Media by Contemporary Theatre Companies in Italy Laura Gemini and Stefano Brilli
14 Theatre as a Means of “Interpreting” Lockdown The Case of Staged Jessica Camargo Molano
15 Cultural Welfare Theatre in the Limelight Annalisa Cicerchia and Simona Staffieri
16 Measuring Culture – How and Why? Giulia Cavrini
Ilaria Riccioni, Ph.D. (2003) “La Sapienza” University of Rome, is Tenured Researcher of General Sociology at the Free University of Bolzano-Bozen. She has published many monographs and articles of social theory and on the social impact of artistic phenomena, including “Futurism: Anticipating Postmodernism” (Mimesis International, 2019).