Performance Ethnography is divided into three parts. Part I covers pedagogy, ethnography, performance, and theory as the foundation for a performative social science. Part II addresses the worlds of family, nature, praxis, and action, employing a structure that is equal parts memoir, essay, short story, and literary autoethnography. Part III examines the ethics and practical politics of performance autoethnography, anchored in the post-9/11 discourse in the United States. The amalgam serves as an invitation for social scientists and ethnographers to confront the politics of cultural studies and explore the multiple ways in which performance and ethnography can be both better understood and used as mechanisms for social change and economic justice.

Two-Stepping in the ‘90s

The technologies of writing create gendered social texts in which desire, intimacy, power, class, race, ethnicity, and identity come alive.73 The authors of autoethnographic performance texts use personal experience and memory as the point of departure for writing about things that matter in everyday life. ...

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