ERIC Number: ED405618
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Performance Ethnography: Creating a Mechanism for Engagement by the Academy.
Jarmon, Leslie H.
Taking the position that performance ethnography should be a viable and valued alternative and/or supplement to print ethnography, this paper explores ways to integrate phenomena that are visual, aural, and dynamic into existing scholarly practices. The paper advances one solution: create mechanisms for reproduction and distribution that have the advantages of printed text by using multimedia technology. The paper first discusses personal uses of performance in the practice of ethnography and elsewhere and then examines some of the critical discourse that has recently surfaced in the scholarly literature supporting the call for alternatives to print ethnography. The paper notes that one criticism of performance is that it holds great potential for self-indulgence, especially when personal narrative forms the core of the performance. It also points out that, when all is said and done, performance ethnography is also problematic for the academy largely because it simply and basically is not print. The paper then discusses the advantages of the print medium, given the kinds of work that have to get done in representing scholarly research. The paper also considers the ways in which performance, combined with multimedia technology, might be integrated into traditional practices of scholarship in an emergent, recombinant form and explores how unanticipated advantages of such an integration might accrue to those performance studies, cultural studies, and communication studies scholars involved in both research and instruction. (Contains numerous photographs of performance and 26 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A