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Performance Research

Performance research is a qualitative methodology that involves the subject matter and method of the experiencing body situated in time, place, and history. The performance paradigm requires a more direct experience rather than abstract or reductive encounters, primarily through facework. Performance research is largely reflexive and encompassing of various cultural and critical contexts. Often coinciding with ethnography and/or autoethnography, performance research breaks away from traditional research methods in that performance is not only interested in the object of study but also the mode of the process. This means that there should be greater attention to the process of collecting research data in terms of how the researcher relates to the project from start to finish. Performance research often requires extensive journaling not only of what ...

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