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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, Performativity, and Cultural Poiesis in Practices of Everyday Life
Performance, performativity, and cultural poiesis in practices of everyday life

When Victor Turner characterized performance as making, not faking, he did more than challenge the antitheatrical bias. He placed performance at the center of a larger view of culture as constructed, embodied, and processual. The consequences of this move both include and exceed a focus on the theatrical, or even on “actors” loosely defined. They extend to larger issues of cultural poiesis and enactment, including the development and maintenance of communities, the social life and force of memory, and the production and consumption of material culture and its contexts. Likewise, Judith Butler's use of the performative to explain the construction and stability of identity illuminates more ...

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