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Staging Interventions: Limitations and Advantages of Performance as Research

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dc.contributor.advisor Culbertson, Jacob Rodine, Theodora 2019-08-08T19:32:58Z 2019-08-08T19:32:58Z 2019
dc.description.abstract Performance ethnography is a new approach to anthropological research that uses theatre to identify and critically examine power structures as they exist in everyday life. Researchers using this methodology aim to work with participants from the community they’re researching to resist oppressive systems of the academy and the community. With this focus on effecting change, performance ethnographers vastly expand the reach of ethnographic projects. As a consequence, these projects may fall short of the anthropologist’s high expectations for transformative work, and run the risk of reinforcing the researcher’s power over their subjects by prioritizing their own agenda. This thesis examines methodological interventions performance offers to ethnography using a few case studies, and argues that performance ethnography is not successful when it is used mainly to transform or liberate the subjects of research. For these interventions to be effective, anthropologists should recognize their limitations and use performance ethnography as an investigative and educational tool.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of Anthropology
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject.lcsh Ethnology -- Methodology
dc.subject.lcsh Performing arts -- Social aspects
dc.title Staging Interventions: Limitations and Advantages of Performance as Research
dc.type Thesis
dc.rights.access Open Access

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