- Subject index
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.
Chapter 23: Staging Fieldwork/Performing Human Rights
Staging Fieldwork/Performing Human Rights
To recreate for the stage the living performances of everyday remembrances, imaginings, and deeply felt encounters of ethnographic fieldwork is a radical act of translation. The substance of such a translation is only surpassed in its significance by the overwhelming necessity of purpose and ethical obligation.
This essay examines specific scenes from a public performance based on fieldwork in Ghana, West Africa. I lived in Ghana for nearly three years conducting field research with local human rights activists working in rural areas who were making courageous interventions on traditional religious practices with the specific purpose of protecting the rights of woman and girls. At the beginning of my third year, I began the process of adapting my field research ...