Playbuilding: A Platform for Re-imagining and Re-thinking Identities and Power

  • Jennifer WongEmail author


This chapter discusses the role of playbuilding in enabling a process to re-imagine and rethink identity and agency in children from low-income families in Singapore. Using the multiple case studies methodology, this research project examines the established individual and social identities of a group of children living in government-owned one-room rental apartments in the island state. The narratives that emerged during the playbuilding process illuminated the challenging circumstances confronting these young people and their futures, but it also provided them with the space to examine the agency they possess to negate these problems, leading to a shift in their perspectives about the identities they embodied. A reflective practitioner approach with a heavy reliance on participant observation supported the drama conventions and techniques used in this research study. These methods created pathways that facilitated the children’s exploration and examination of selves and their possible futures.


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  1. 1.Nanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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