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On Ideologies and Theatre

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In ‘Ideology and the Ideological State Apparatuses’ (Essays on Ideology), Louis Althusser suggests that “ideology always exists in an apparatus”. He draws the distinction between Repressive State Apparatuses (RSA); government, police, military, etc. and Ideological State Apparatuses (ISA); religion, communications, culture, theatre, etc.

While existing with the regulations of the RSA, Theatre can serve as a platform to question the same. How is this platform defined and influenced by the RSA? If overarching state ideologies define a place for institutions which may question their relevance, what are the advantages to the state in suppressing a platform which allows for this criticism, and/or in allowing for (and potentially encouraging) this criticism and discourse, can the RSA gain strength?

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This entry was posted on September 27, 2011 by in writings and tagged , .

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I've created this site to document and share research and activities related to my Masters of Arts program. It's partially a blog, partially a journal, partially whatever you want it to be. Feel free to have a good look around at what I'm reading, seeing, writing and thinking about. I'd love to see/hear your comments.

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