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Performing Culture

Performing Culture
Stories of Expertise and the Everyday

  • John Tulloch - Charles Sturt University, New South Wales and Cardiff University

December 1999 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Performing Culture presents a detailed and probing account of cultural studies' changing fixations with theory, method, policy, text, production, audience and the micro-politics of the everyday.

John Tulloch encourages academics and students to take seriously the need to break down the separation between high and low cultural studies. Tulloch's case studies show that the performance of cultural meanings occurs in forms as diverse as The Royal Shakespeare Company's Shakespeare and Chekhov productions and our everyday work and leisure encounters. Drawing upon anthropological and dramatic studies of performance, the book emphasizes that academic research also performs cultural meaning. A central feature of the book is its reflexive consideration of the representations of culture constructed by academic 'experts'.

Performing Culture

Cultural Theory
Cultural Policy
(High) Cultural Framing
(High) Cultural Re-Framing
Cultural Reading
Cultural Methods
Situated Performance

`[An] excellent and an extremely valuable contribution to contemporary theory .…[The] political implications of this perspective are grasped both through the extensive use of case studies and the powerful critique of the presuppositions of expertise that have grounded so much theorizing.…attractive and very welcome' - David Chaney, Professor of Sociology, University of Durham

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