Performance in Culture

Deborah A. Kapchan

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    Abstract

    To study performance in culture is to experience culture in action, culture as it is being created - in festivals, sermons, political speeches, elections, marriage ceremonies, war, and other events. Performance is enacted with the body and its senses, and sometimes with words. It is often done face to face, but mediated performances also exist. To pay attention to performance and the performative aspects of culture is to attend to the evanescent, the moment of 'now' and how it responds to and recreates the 'then.' Performances are ephemeral, yet the stories that we tell about performance determine the foundational myths of society and personhood, including definitions of gender, ethnicity, race, nation, and subjectivity.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Language & Linguistics
    PublisherElsevier Ltd.
    Pages275-283
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Print)9780080448541
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

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    Personhood
    Holidays
    marriage
    nationalities and ethnic groups
    Marriage
    gender
    Warfare

    Keywords

    • Context
    • Cultural preservation
    • Drama
    • Enactment
    • Interpretation
    • Performance
    • Ritual
    • Theater
    • Verbal play

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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    Kapchan, D. A. (2006). Performance in Culture. In Encyclopedia of Language & Linguistics (pp. 275-283). Elsevier Ltd.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B0-08-044854-2/03039-X

    Performance in Culture. / Kapchan, Deborah A.

    Encyclopedia of Language & Linguistics. Elsevier Ltd., 2006. p. 275-283.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Kapchan, DA 2006, Performance in Culture. in Encyclopedia of Language & Linguistics. Elsevier Ltd., pp. 275-283. https://doi.org/10.1016/B0-08-044854-2/03039-X
    Kapchan DA. Performance in Culture. In Encyclopedia of Language & Linguistics. Elsevier Ltd. 2006. p. 275-283 https://doi.org/10.1016/B0-08-044854-2/03039-X
    Kapchan, Deborah A. / Performance in Culture. Encyclopedia of Language & Linguistics. Elsevier Ltd., 2006. pp. 275-283
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