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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.

Becoming Other-Wise: Conversational Performance and the Politics of Experience
Becoming other-wise: Conversational performance and the politics of experience
Leonard ClydeHawes

Cultural studies is predicated on the assumption that, in addition to being configured macroscopically, deployed strategically, and driven economically—if not determined in the last instance—sociocultural phenomena are also managed microscopically, performed tactically, and realized politically. A crucial project for cultural studies, conversational studies, and critical theory is to theorize, track, and critique conversations as courses of action, lines of flight, paths of resistance, and openings for transformation. Conversations foreclose as well as disclose ways of escaping from and relocating to different subject positions; at the same time they redraw ideological boundaries. Theorizing conversations in such a fashion renders dominant practices and their transparent codes as audible fictions ...

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