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Race Performance

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

There are different ways in which to think about performance. One can analyze a performance in the role of the art critic, attending to self-referential aesthetics—the qualities that give form to the work produced, the quality of the performance as it measures against the artistic genre in which it is embedded, and the quality of the performers themselves. Cultural theorists, however, present a different view of performance, one based on the notion of performance as a signifier of cultural and social values, attitudes, ...

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