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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... for multi-centred forms of interconnection, whether electronic, institutional, or
inter-personal. This volume is particularly strong on the inter-personal aspects of
global networks, including inter-cultural engagement, conflict and co-operation.
European theatre performances depicting the most recent geopolitical
humanitarian crisis of conflict migration (see Brettell and Hollifield 2000) are
surprisingly rare given the multiple sites of journeying and trafficking across
Europe that exist ...
In the past five years, its activist and creative attention has turned to conflict
migration and human trafficking. ... They arrived in France (mostly from the
conflicts in the Middle East and from the former communist countries of Eastern
Europe) for ...
But this was a deliberate attempt to represent the tracing of conflict migration
when those migrating in law are stateless and more often than not rendered
speechless. Thus in their new situations they were unable to form new
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