Journal article

More than Words: Performance Ethnography as a Research Method that Values a Sustained Ethnographic Orientation and Imaginative Theatre-making

Jane Bird

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EDUCATION AND THE ARTS | ARIZONA STATE UNIV | Published : 2020

Abstract

Performance ethnography is a form of performed research that creates a theatrical representation of ethnographic inquiry. Walford (2009) proposes that frequently performance ethnographers neglect traditional ethnographic practices such as participant observation and substantial time in the field. This paper draws on research which investigated the practices of a performance ethnographer who adopted a sustained ethnographic orientation throughout the interconnecting phases of fieldwork, analysis, interpretation and representation (Wolcott, 1995). The paper considers how these practices influenced, shaped and enhanced the researcher’s theatre making practices. The research revealed that the em..

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