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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

Everyday life is everywhere and nowhere: the cellular mechanics of identity and culture so ubiquitous as to be invisible. All too often, it enters scholarship as sets of demographic snapshots—what a segment of the population eats, buys, or sees at the movies—or in petri dishes, where autonomous individuals address one another seemingly unencumbered by the complex specificities of geography, history, and the rhetorical-political fields they both produce and reply to. Or everyday life is simply “synec-dochized” into compelling anecdotes for rhetorical texture.

What gets left out when the intricacies of the everyday are reduced in these ways? The presumptions and vocabulary of performance studies offer four responses and remedies.

1. Reductive conceptions of everyday life ignore basic communication and cultural infrastructure: bodies in/and dialogue. Here we ...

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