A Critical Performance Pedagogy That Matters

Norman K. Denzin

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This chapter is a manifesto of sorts. Performance ethnography within the field of educational ethnography is at a crossroads. While the performance turn in ethnography is well established in communication studies, this is less the case in educational research (see Denzin, 2003, 2008, 2009; Madison and Hamera, 2006). Bagley (2008) and others make the case for treating educational ethnography, on a global stage, as performance. But moving into a thoroughgoing performance space remains a challenge for mainstream ethnographic methodology (Hammersley, 2008, pp. 134-136). Yet, as Madison and Hamera (2006, p. xx) argue, performance and globality are intertwined; that is, performances have become the enactment of stories that literally bleed across national borders. Being a U.S. citizen is to be a “enmeshed in the facts of U.S. foreign policy, world trade, civil society and war” (p. xx).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Public Pedagogy
Subtitle of host publicationEducation and Learning beyond Schooling
EditorsJennifer A Sandlin, Brian D Schultz, Jake Burdick
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780203863688
ISBN (Print)9780415801270, 9780415801263
StatePublished - Dec 9 2009

Publication series

NameStudies in Curriculum Theory Series

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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