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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.

Dwight Conquergood's “Rethinking Ethnography”
Dwight Conquergood's “rethinking ethnography”

The ethnographer must be a co-performer in order to understand those embodied meanings.

—Dwight Conquergood, “Rethinking Ethnography”

Dwight Conquergood's essay, “Rethinking Ethnography: Towards A Critical Cultural Politics,” was first published in 1991 in Communication Monographs and arguably remains the foundational essay that charts a critical performance ethnography and the performative politics of embodied enquiry. For Conquergood the labor of “rethinking ethnography” is a labor of incorporating performance and the performative in the high stakes of naming a particular space, time, and desire in order to make change possible. The essay laid the groundwork for reframing ethnography as purposefully excavating “the political underpinnings of all modes of representation, including science,” through a specific triad: Bodies, Borders, and Performance (p. 351). For ...

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