This entry describes the historical rise of the field of performances studies in the United States in the mid to late twentieth century. Relying closely on the work of performance scholars, D. Soyini Madison and Judith Hamera (2005), four different ways of understanding performance—as the art of public speaking, as the art of interpretation, as social behavior, and as experience—are explicated. This is followed by a discussion of performativity, which is considered a central conceptual idea and underpinning of performance studies. Finally, performance ethnography and performative writing are engaged as ways that the performance framework is most visible in the field of communication.
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Rudnick, J., & Chawla, D. (2017). Performance studies. In J. Matthes, C.S. Davis, & R.F. Potter (Eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods. Wiley. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118901731.iecrm0182
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