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Louisiana State University
Communication Studies
CMST 1150

Introduction to Performance Studies K Filbel lecture7 basic assumptions of Performance StudiesoPerformance studies examines behavior as an object of studyoPerformance studies involves doing performanceoParticipant observationethnography study of peopleoFrequently involved in social practices in advocacyIdeology a system of beliefs more frequent than other academic studyMore frequent than other academic studyoPerformance should be seen as a broad spectrum or a continuum of behaviors all related to each otheroPerformance studies views culture groups in 2 waysCultural groups are always interactingCultural groups have distinct identitiesoWe live in a world of multiple literacies which are preferences body literaciesaural literaciesvisual literacieselectronic literaciesTwo histories of Performance StudiesoTwo narrative lines of the disciplinestNYU line 1 called performance studies in 1980 emerged from theaterNorthwestern University LineLSU emerged from oral interpretation emphasis on literatureWhat is meant by calling Performance Studies interdisciplinary and antidisciplinaryoInterdisciplinary tends to think their forms of scholarship is better than other forms of scholarship it doesnt mind borrowing research and models from other areas resists inhouse any one discipline cannot get enough from its own discipline collaborating with other theories other than communication studiesoAntidisciplinary dismiss other disciplines as important resist trying to close themselves off robust discipline does not even define performance4 criteria for examining performanceoText doesnt have to be written can be an action thing that is studied can be done by a criticoEvent includes scene with a setting also includes purpose need setting to understand purposeoPerformers one person can perform different roles were all actors acting for different purposesoAudience public and private audiences can also be performersMultiple literaciesobody literacies examples clothing handshakesoaural literacies deal with sound examples music and soundsovisual literaciesoelectronic literaciesUnderstanding Communication Theories Wood CT ch 2 Theory offers an account of what something is how it works what it produces or causes to happen and what can change how it operatesThe goals of theory oDescription a process of using symbols to represent phenomenaoExplaination an effort to clarify how and why something worksoPrediction involves projecting what will happen to a phenomenon under specified conditions or exposure to particular stimulioControl the use of explanations and predictions to govern what a phenomenon actually doesoUnderstanding evaluate the value of a theory by its ability to provide insight into why something is as it is or why certain things happen may not require prediction and controloReform active pursuit of positive social changeThe 5 standards for evaluating theoriesoScope refers to the range of phenomena a theory describes and explainsLawsbased explanations argue that anytime x happens y will follow or that x and y are usually relatedRulesbased explanations do not claim to offer any universal laws
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