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The SAGE Handbook of Performance Studies brings together, in a single volume, reviews of the major research in performance studies and identifies directions for further investigation. It is the only comprehensive collection on the theories, methods, politics, and practices of performance relating to life and culture. Edited by D. Soyini Madison and Judith Hamera, this Handbook serves scholars and students across the disciplines by delineating the scope of the field, the critical and interpretive methods used, and the theoretical and ethical presumptions that guide work in this exciting and growing area.

Introduction: Performance and Politics: Themes and Arguments1
Introduction: Performance and politics: Themes and arguments1

Politics and performance are intimately linked historically, conceptually, and pragmatically. This link is foundational; as Victor Turner (1982) explains, ritual elements of performance generate communitas, a sense of solidarity that has conservative or revolutionary consequences for the life of the polis. Communitas may be “spontaneous” and magical; “ideological,” that is, theoretical, enmeshed in language and culture which may or may not be utopian; or “normative,” which could be “ongoing, relatively repetitive,” “transformative,” or both (p. 49). In “Ion,” Plato (1998) presents his concern about the solo performer's potential to create communitas in his audience. He charges the rhapsode Ion with spreading a contagious irrationality to his listeners, and the rhetorical overkill of ...

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