Social Performance: Symbolic Action, Cultural Pragmatics, by Jeffrey C. Alexander, Bernhard Giesen, Jason L. Mast

By Jeffrey C. Alexander, Bernhard Giesen, Jason L. Mast

Taking a "cultural pragmatic" method of that means, the individuals recommend a brand new means of taking a look at the continuum that stretches among ritual and strategic motion. They achieve this via constructing, for the 1st time, a version of "social performance". This quantity deals the 1st systematic and analytical framework that transforms the metaphor right into a social thought and applies it to a sequence of facinating large-scale social and cultural processes--from September eleven and the Clinton/Lewinsky Affair, to the South African fact and Reconciliation fee and Willy Brandt's well-known "kneefall" ahead of the Warsaw momument.

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3. The attribution of inauthenticity to a performance in public discourse often demonstrates a particular logic: that which is accused of being inauthentic and fake is represented as either threatening a just social order, on the one hand, or as (seductively) trapping people in an unjust one, on the other. 4. “Textocentric” academics (Conquergood 2002: 151), who practice a Geertzian approach to studying social life, are included in the group of ignorant members of the dominant culture. 5. “[Judith] Butler turns to Turner – with a twist .

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