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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.

Unlocking the Doors for Incarcerated Women Through Performance and Creative Writing
Unlocking the doors for incarcerated women through performance and creative writing

Performance studies, feminist, and other critical scholars are often active in struggles for social justice. “Over the years, theories and practices have moved steadily toward the social and political goals of employing performance as an instrument of social awareness and change” Park-Fuller (2003, p. 288; see other public-issue research published by Capo, 1983; Conquergood, 1992, 1995, 1998; Langellier, 1986; Kistenberg, 1995; Mann, Hecht, and Valentine, 1989; and Valentine, 1986). As communication scholar Stephen Hartnett (2003) argued in Incarceration Nation, we academics “need to approach issues of social justice not only as sites of research, but also as sites of engagement with disadvantaged communities” (p. ...

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