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.