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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.

“She Attempted to Take Over the Choreography of the Sex Act”: Dance Ethnography and the Movement Vocabulary of Sex and Labor
“She attempted to take over the choreography of the sex act”: Dance ethnography and the movement vocabulary of sex and labor

The ethnographic analysis of dance is most meaningful, of course, when movement aesthetics can be convincingly related to their larger sociopolitical context. In this essay I want to survey briefly two protodance ethnographic texts which suggested possible strategies for making these links; two deeply influential texts which would help to establish this area of scholarship; several of the more recent and interesting books in the field; and finally my own reading of the transformation of the movements of the body politic into particular cultural ...

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