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Cultural Struggles Cultural Struggles Performance, Ethnography, Praxis Dwight Conquergood Edited and with a critical introduction by E. Patrick Johnson The University of Michigan Press Ann Arbor Copyright © by the University of Michigan 2013 All rights reserved This book may not be reproduced, in whole or in part, including illustrations, in any form (beyond that copying permitted by Sections 107 and 108 of the U.S. Copyright Law and except by reviewers for the public press), without written permission from the publisher. Published in the United States of America by The University of Michigan Press Manufactured in the United States of America c Printed on acid-­ free paper 2016 2015 2014 2013   4 3 2 1 A CIP catalog record for this book is available from the British Library. All royalties from this publication are being donated to the Dwight Conquergood Award for Teaching Excellence Fund at Northwestern University. ISBN 978-0-472-07195-1 (cloth : alk. paper) ISBN 978-0-472-05195-3 (pbk. : alk. paper) ISBN 978-0-472-02929-7 (e-book) Acknowledgments This book has been a long time in the making. Dwight had actually been working on two manuscripts and charged me with making sure that at least one of them saw the light of day after his passing. I could not have made that happen, however, without the commitment from LeAnn Fields at the University of Michigan Press. LeAnn’s gentle persistence over the years to get me to cull Dwight’s essays into a manuscript made all of the difference in the world and kept enough pressure on me to make sure it happened. I want to thank my two wonderful research assistants, Jasmine Mahmoud , who worked tirelessly to convert the essays from one format to another and helped me in so many other ways to prepare the manuscript , and Margaret Lebron, who helped to prepare the index. To my colleagues Micaela di Leonardo, Judith Hamera, Shannon Jackson, D. Soyini Madison, Lisa Merrill, Della Pollock, and Joseph Roach—­ thank you for not hesitating to write essays for the volume. Your love and respect for Dwight shines through every word of your contributions. Thanks to the Northwestern University Library archives for organizing all of Dwight’s papers. It is an invaluable resource to scholars around the world and made this book possible. Finally, thank you, Dwight, for leaving us the wonderful gift of your work. Some of the essays in this book have appeared in other publications: “Performing Cultures: Ethnography, Epistemology, and Ethics” originally appeared in Miteinander Sprechen und Handeln: Festschrift fur Hellmut Geissner, ed. Edith Slembek (Scriptor, 1986); “Of Caravans and Carnivals : Performance Studies in Motion” originally appeared in TDR, Winter 39.4 (1995); “Beyond the Text: Toward a Performative Cultural Politics” originally appeared in The Future of Performance Studies: Visions and Revisions, ed. Sheron J. Dailey (National Communication Association , 1998); “Performance Studies: Interventions and Radical Research ” originally appeared in TDR, Summer 46.2 (2002); “Performing as a Moral Act: Ethical Dimensions of the Ethnography of Performance” vi acknowledgments originally appeared in Literature in Performance 5 (April 1985); “Rethinking Ethnography: Towards a Critical Cultural Politics” originally appeared in Communication Monographs 58 (June 1985); “Rethinking Elocution: The Trope of the Talking Book and Other Figures of Speech” originally appeared in Text and Performance Quarterly 20.4 (October 2000); “Health Theatre in a Hmong Refugee Camp: Performance, Communication and Culture” originally appeared in TDR 32.3 (Fall 1988); “Life in Big Red: Struggles and Accommodations in a Chicago Polyethnic Tenement” originally appeared in Structuring Diversity: Ethnographic Perspectives on the New Immigration, ed. Louise Lamphere (University of Chicago Press, 1992); “Homeboys and Hoods: Gang Communication and Cultural Space” originally appeared in Group Communication in Context: Studies of Natural Group, ed. Lawrence R. Frey (Erlbaum, 1994); “Lethal Theatre: Performance, Punishment and the Death Penalty” originally appeared in Theatre Journal 54.3.17 (Fall 2002); “Caravans Continued ” by Shannon Jackson originally appeared in TDR 50:1 (Spring 2006), and is reprinted here with permission of TDR and MIT Press; a portion of “Dwight Conquergood and Performative Political Economy,” by Micaela di Leonardo originally appeared in Cultural Studies 21:6 (November 2007), and is reprinted here with permission of Cultural Studies and Taylor and Francis. ...