I’ve just received notice that my paper ‘Street Performance and the City: Public Space, Sociality, and Intervening in the Everyday’ forthcoming in ‘Space and Culture’ (previously mentioned here) will be out in the final issue (issue 4) of this year’s volume. This means it should appear sometime in November, though hopefully will come on ‘early online’ before then (I’m currently waiting on the proofs coming through).
Here’s the abstract for the paper:
This paper examines the performative transformation of street spaces into performance places by considering the practices of street performers. Street performance here refers to a set of practices whereby either musical or non-musical performances are undertaken in the street with the aim of eliciting donations from passersby. Drawing on ethnographic observations undertaken in Bath, UK, and situating the discussion in recent conceptions of everyday life and public space, the specific socio-spatial interventions that street performances make into Bath’s everyday life are considered. In so doing, the paper focuses on the fleeting social relations that emerge from these interventions and what these can do to the experience of the everyday in terms of producing moments of sociality and conviviality. This is also reflected on in light of the various debates that have occurred in Bath as a result of these interventions relating to the increased regulation of street performances. The paper then highlights the conflicted and contentious position that street performers occupy in the everyday life of such cities.
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