Why and How Can Improvısatıonal Theater Impact Conflict Environments And Peacebuilding? a Complementary Approach
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This study examines some of the sociological, psychological, intellectual, aesthetic and practical reasons why art and creative processes are not only useful, but fundamental to human learning, meaning making, and change, and therefore to social regeneration. Literature from psychology, anthropology, mythology and peacebuilding is explored, concerning the role of art in human conduct and communication, suggesting a complementary role for art, sometimes essential, to go along with cognitive modalities for problem solving. Through the synonymous languages of scholars from different fields, similar themes are reiterated which are valid across cultures, genders, age groups and epochs, elucidating the function of story, ritual, and creative (i.e. new, symbolic, or improvised) acts in individual and community development. These mechanisms demonstrate the human needs and purposes for art.