Performance Theories in Education Power, Pedagogy, and the Politics of Identity

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"Performance Theories in Education: Power, Pedagogy, and the Politics of Identity breaks new ground by presenting a range of approaches to understanding the role, function, impact, and presence of performance in education. It is a definitive contribution to a beginning dialogue on how performance, as a theoretical and pragmatic lens, can be used to view the processes, procedures, and politics of education. The conceptual framework of the volume is the editors' argument that performance and performativity help to locate and describe repetitive actions plotted within grids of power relationships and social norms that comprise the context of education and schooling." With the aim of developing a clearer understanding of the effect, affect, and role of performance in education, this volume provides a crucial starting point for discourse among theorists and teacher practitioners who are interested in understanding and acknowledging the politics to performance and the practices of performative social identities that always and already intervene in the educational endeavor.
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1 Introduction : performance in education 1
2 Teaching is performance : reconceptualizing a problematic metaphor 15
3 Critically analyzing pedagogical interactions as performance 41
4 Exposing the pedagogical body : protocols and tactics 63
5 Bodily excess and the desire for absence : whiteness and the making of (raced) educational subjectivities 83
6 Performing school in the shadow of imperialism : a hybrid (coyote) interpretation 107
7 When public performances go awry : reading the dynamics of diversity through power, pedagogy, and protest on campus 127
8 Constructing gay performances : regulating gay youth in a "gay friendly" high school 149
9 "Playing the game" versus "selling out" : Chicanas and Chicanos relationship to whitestream schools 173
10 Performing school reform in the age of the political spectacle 199
11 Performance theory and critical ethnography : studying Chicano and Mesquaki youth 221
12 Scientists as scriptwriters : a study of educational researchers' influence on educational decision making 239
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