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Conquergood, Dwight. Cultural struggles: performance, ethnography, praxis
CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. 51.4 (Dec. 2013): p643. From Literature Resource Center.
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Conquergood, Dwight. Cultural struggles: performance, ethnography, praxis, ed. by E. Patrick Johnson. Michigan, 2013. 336p bibl index afp ISBN 9780472071951, $90.00; ISBN 9780472051953 pbk, $37.50



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This is the book the late Conquergood never got to write. Those who have in the last two decades searched through Theater Journal, Communication Monographs, TDR, or other academic journals (and/or edited volumes) for Conquergood's paradigm-shifting works will be pleased with this book. And those just now being introduced to Conquergood's writing will find that this collection will open pathways of thought about interpreting cultural struggles with "courage, ethics, and integrity," as Johnson writes in the introduction. Johnson, who was Conquergood's chosen literary executor, divides this compilation of 11 of Conquergood's essays into three areas of exploration: "Performance," "Ethnography," and "Praxis." Including early works like "Performing Cultures: Ethnography, Epistemology, and Ethics" and later pieces such as "Lethal Theatre: Performance, Punishment, and the Death Penalty," the volume is an indispensable resource for those interested in the complexities of meaning-making, embodied practice, and scholarly activism. Just as engaging are the contributions in the final section, "Critical Responses," by scholars Micaela di Leonardo, Judith Hamera, Shannon Jackson, D. Soyini Madison, Lisa Merrill, Delia Pollock, and Joseph Roach. These reflections, though tributary in approach, remind readers of how important Conquergood's life view, ideas, and approach(es) remain to the ongoing work of both scholars and students. Summing Up: Highly recommended. *** Upper-division undergraduates through faculty/professionals.--S. R. Irelan, Youngstown State University

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Irelan, S.R. "Conquergood, Dwight. Cultural struggles: performance, ethnography, praxis." CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, Dec. 2013, p. 643. Literature Resource Center, Accessed 26 June 2019.

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