Certain pre-existing social norms can contribute to the persistence of bad behaviour and customs in society, like domestic violence against women, the practice of a dowry or the ostracism of minorities.
Professor Jyotsna Jalan from the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences in Calcutta, India, has investigated whether and how participatory theatre in rural India influences the behaviour and attitudes towards domestic violence and gender norms.
In the second episode of the Max Planck Economics Podcast we talk about her studies, she recounts some fascinating experiences made while working in the field and tells us about her career path.
Video clips - Participatory theatre in rural India performed by Jana Sanskriti (JS) Centre for Theatre of the Oppressed, a non-governmental organization established in 1985 and the first exponent of Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) in India.
Reading material on the podcast episode:
Article about the World Bank-CSS Study by Jyotsana Jalan and Carla Hoff, Hundustantimes.de, 12.01.2017
Max Planck Economics Podcast
Editing: Nicole Stefan
Music: “Corporate Technology” by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com