Paper early online – Street Performance and the City: Public Space, Sociality, and Intervening in the Everyday

I’ve just received notice that my paper ‘Street Performance and the City: Public Space, Sociality, and Intervening in the Everyday’ is now available early online in the journal ‘Space and Culture‘ here. I believe the article will appear in the final issue of this year (so, coming out sometime in November).

The abstract for the paper is as follows:

This article 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 nonmusical performances are undertaken in the street with the aim of eliciting donations from passersby. Drawing on ethnographic observations undertaken in Bath, U.K., and situating the discussion in recent conceptions of everyday life and public space, the specific sociospatial interventions that street performances make into Bath’s everyday life are considered. In doing so, the article 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 article then highlights the conflicted and contentious position that street performers occupy in the everyday life of such cities.

If you don’t have access to the journal (like me!!) I have a pre-proof version I’m happy to send on.

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About Paul Simpson

I am currently a lecturer in Human Geography in the School of Physical and Geographical Sciences at Keele University. I've previously lectured at Plymouth University, and again at Keele before that. I completed my PhD (titled 'Ecologies of Street Performance: Bodies, Affects, Politics') at the University of Bristol in 2009.
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4 Responses to Paper early online – Street Performance and the City: Public Space, Sociality, and Intervening in the Everyday

  1. Joao Margalha says:

    I’d very much appreciate a pre-pub copy of your paper ‘Street Performance and the City: Public Space, Sociality, and Intervening in the Everyday’. Space and Culture, 14:4.
    I’m starting a master dissertation in contemporary artistic creation at Aveiro University, Portugal. I will develop a practice based research about spatial artistic practices as a contribution to urban kmowledge.
    Please send to jm@joaomargalha.com
    Best regards
    Joao Margalha

  2. nevinerafan says:

    hi, I’m a master degree in University of Westminster, London. I will do a thesis about performance spaces.
    would you like to send me a pre-pub copy of your paper ‘Street Performance and the City: Public Space, Sociality, and Intervening in the Everyday’. Space and Culture, 14:4.

    thank you.

    please send to: nevine_rk@yahoo.co.id

  3. Carla says:

    Hello!
    I am pursuing a master’s in Community and Regional Planning at University of Texas at Austin. I am researching street dance in my social life in public places class. This paper would be an excellent source for my research. Please send to cmviolet@gmail.com
    Many thanks,
    Carla

  4. Chris Cox says:

    Hi, I’m doing research on ‘designing for street-scape theatrics’ in my masters of Architecture degree at Queensland University of Technology. I dont have access to this journal was wondering if you could send me a copy. My email is christopher.cox@connect.qut.edu.au
    Kind regards,
    Chris.

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