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.
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 is the 'global' modifier that marks the contemporary network studies in which we
participate as something new; these currents of anthropological, sociological,
and cultural studies are now being brought together in the examination of ...
society; and Bisi Adigun's story of the creation of Arambe, Ireland's first African
theatre company, a tale which Adigun embeds in his sharp observations of the
uses to which contemporary Irish theatre has put the image of the 'fear gorm' (
Le Dernier Caravanserail dramatises the contemporary crisis of conflict migration
by staging real-life testimony of illegal migrants from Eastern Europe and the
Middle East attempting to migrate to England; the production's refusal to allow ...
Much of this work is contemporary rather than historical in focus. It also tends to
treat the persons involved in networks as sets of anonymous individuals, whose
activities may best be understood solely in terms of their social and cultural ...