Performing Global Networks
Karen Fricker, Ronit Lentin
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Mar 26, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 240 pages
Networks are everywhere: from migrant organisations to information technology, from business to social movements, from international governance to global non-governmental organisations, from theatrical collectives to fan clubs, from memory sites to narrative circles. The portmanteau terms networks, and more specifically, global networks, seem to have become the mots du jour in contemporary cultural and social studies. But what cultural, social and political work do global networks accomplish: what is the work of these networks?
This path-breaking collection follows Graeme Thompson’s rallying cry for a clearer analytical approach to the ways in which networks are ‘enacted, assembled, conducted, and performed.’ In its thirteen chapters, scholars from a variety of fields – sociology, theatre and performance studies, peace studies, history, and musicology – as well as social and cultural activists, explore the multiple meanings of global networks and performance.
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This in turn should help refresh what have become rather tired debates about
globalisation. Much thinking about globalisation is highly speculative and
overgeneralised, as well as being polarised between optimists who claim to
The portmanteau terms networks, and more specifically, global networks, seem to
have become the mots du jour in contemporary cultural and social studies. This
volume is quite clearly a product of the extraordinary current interest in network ...
It should now be clear that we agree with Holton (2005) that the network
metaphor has become the heart of many debates about globalisation. Indeed
global network analysis threatens to replace theories of globalisation once
focused on ...
If networks are to become more than metaphors for inter-connection, we need
systematic evidence of what and who is connected, for what purpose and with
what effect. The chapters in this collection – all of which deal with the subjective ...
Particular persons become lost to view when anonymous generalised categories
take over. Such a way of proceeding may be epistemologically flawed inasmuch
as it neglects the meanings that particular individuals give to their actions, and ...