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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Such relationships have been studied in a number of contexts including
migration, business, political advocacy, and terrorism. The common thread in this
wide range of research settings is an interest in the ways that networks, as
... the AfricanAmerican political leader and educator, Booker T. Washington, at
his Tuskegee Institute for black students in Alabama and became subscribers to
this venture, while their home was included in his itinerary when he visited Britain
The slow pace of the creative process that is theatre cannot keep pace with the
speed of change of contemporary political events. Agit-prop, happenings and
performative interventions found their niche market (in the 1960s) in an age
... intervention to political leaders, and organised a hunger strike against the
genocide in Bosnia (Mnouchkine 2005, 99). ... and transnational human
migration, the company has found a new role as political and social agent
beyond the stage.
perspective of ordinary citizens, presenting the audience not only with aesthetic
choices but also political choices of the scenes themselves. The only collective
creation to tackle the contemporary world – L'Age d'or (The Golden Age, 1975) ...