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Opening Acts: Performance in/as Communication and Cultural Criticism offers new, rigorous ways to analyze communication and culture through performance. Editor Judith Hamera, along with a distinguished list of contributors, provides students with cutting-edge readings of everyday life, space, history, and intersections of all three, using a critical performance-based approach. This text makes three significant contributions to the field - it familiarizes readers with the core elements and commitments of performance-based analysis, links performance-based analysis to theoretical and analytical perspectives in communication and cultural studies, and provides engaging examples of how to use performance as a critical tool to open up communication and culture.offers new, rigorous ways to analyze communication and culture through performance. Editor Judith Hamera, along with a distinguished list of contributors, provides students with cutting-edge readings of everyday life, space, history, and intersections of all three, using a critical performance-based approach. This text makes three significant contributions to the field - it familiarizes readers with the core elements and commitments of performance-based analysis, links performance-based analysis to theoretical and analytical perspectives in communication and cultural studies, and provides engaging examples of how to use performance as a critical tool to open up communication and culture.

Introduction
Introduction
JudithHamera

By this point in Opening Acts, you have become familiar with a number of key elements of, and commitments in, performance-based approaches to critical communication and cultural studies, and seen these reinforced across multiple essays. These points and presumptions are:

  • Performance-based analysis privileges embodied, material experience as a site of research, with all the cohesive and contestory political and historical valences this implies.
  • Performance-based research is highly attuned to multiple dimensions of difference, and to how these dimensions play out in the world.
  • Performance-based scholarship presumes, from the outset, that both the researcher and the research enterprise are enmeshed in specific, daily, corporeal social and historical circumstances for which both must be response-able and accountable.
  • Performance-based critique resonates with, and extends, the foundational theories of critical communication and ...
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