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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.

Performance and Globalization
Performance and globalization

More than forty years ago, U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower gave his farewell speech to the American people. Near the end of his farewell, the president spoke the following words:

So—in this my last good night to you as your President—I thank you for the many opportunities you have given me for public service in war and peace. I trust that in that service you find some things worthy; as for the rest of it, I know you will find ways to improve performance in the future. (1962, p. 1040)

“Improve performance in the future.” Today, some forty years later, we might ask: what performance did Eisenhower have in mind, and how was it to be improved? Eisenhower served as the U.S. president ...

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