Performing Culture presents a detailed and probing account of cultural studies' changing fixations with theory, method, policy, text, production, audience and the micro-politics of the everyday. John Tulloch encourages academics and students to take seriously the need to break down the separation between high and low cultural studies. Tulloch's case studies show that the performance of cultural meanings occurs in forms as diverse as The Royal Shakespeare Company's Shakespeare and Chekhov productions and our everyday work and leisure encounters. Drawing upon anthropological and dramatic studies of performance, the book emphasizes that academic research also performs cultural meaning. A central feature of the book is i

Introduction: Performing Culture

Introduction: Performing culture

The opening quotations of this book are about performing one's critique, performing one's everyday situations, and researchers as storytellers. These are matching notions of the poststructuralist domain. Beside them, in part composed by them, are the so-called crises of representation and legitimation that Threadgold and Ang target. Here doubt is thrown on the possibility that (academic or bureaucratic) ‘experts’ can hope to capture what Williams calls ‘lived experience’, since such experience is created in the social text that the expert writes.

We are now, said Clifford Geertz, telling stories in an era of blurred genres; and in a recent book on qualitative methodology Denzin and Lincoln spell out some of the implications of this for ‘performing one's critique’. Since the early ...

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