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Cultural Struggles Performance, Ethnography, Praxis

ISBN-10: 0472051954
ISBN-13: 9780472051953
Edition: 2013
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Description: The late Dwight Conquergood’s research has inspired an entire generation of scholars invested in performance as a meaningful paradigm to understand human interaction, especially between structures of power and the disenfranchised. Conquergood’s  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 5/22/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

The late Dwight Conquergood’s research has inspired an entire generation of scholars invested in performance as a meaningful paradigm to understand human interaction, especially between structures of power and the disenfranchised. Conquergood’s research laid the groundwork for others to engage issues of ethics in ethnographic research, performance as a meaningful paradigm for ethnography, and case studies that demonstrated the dissolution of theory/practice binaries.Cultural Strugglesis the first gathering of Conquergood’s work in a single volume, tracing the evolution of one scholar’s thinking across a career of scholarship, teaching, and activism, and also the first collection of its kind to bring together theory, method, and complete case studies.The collection begins with an illuminating introduction by E. Patrick Johnson and ends with commentary by other scholars (Micaela di Leonardo, Judith Hamera, Shannon Jackson, D. Soyini Madison, Lisa Merrill, Della Pollock, and Joseph Roach), engaging aspects of Conquergood’s work and providing insight into how that work has withstood the test of time, as scholars still draw on his research to inform their current interests and methods.

Introduction: "Opening and Interpreting Lives"
Performance
Performing Cultures: Ethnography, Epistemology, and Ethics
Of Caravans and Carnivals: Performance Studies in Motion
Performance Studies: Interventions and Radical Research
Beyond the Text: Toward a Performative Cultural Politics
Ethnography
Performing as a Moral Act: Ethical Dimensions of the Ethnography of Performance
Rethinking Ethnography: Towards a Critical Cultural Politics
Rethinking Elocution: The Trope of the Talking Book and Other Figures of Speech
Praxis
Health Theatre in a Hmong Refugee Camp: Performance, Communication, and Culture
Life in Big Red: Struggles and Accommodations in a Chicago Polyethnic Tenement
Homeboys and Hoods: Gang Communication and Cultural Space
Lethal Theatre: Performance, Punishment, and the Death Penalty
Critical Responses
Dwight Conquergood and Performative Political Economy
Response-ability, Vulnerability, and Other(s') Bodies
Caravans Continued: In Memory of Dwight Conquergood
"Is Dwight, White?!" or Black Transgressions and the Preeminent Performance of Whiteness
"Soundscapes of Power": Attending to Orality, Communicating Class, and Hearing the Humor in Dwight Conquergood�s "Voice"
Performance into Policy
Eloquence and Vocation: Dwight's Calling
Contributors
Index

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