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Choreographing the Airport

Field Notes from the Transit Spaces of Global Mobility

Authors: Shih Pearson, Justine

  • Contributes to recent critical scholarship of performance and the airport, exploring dance specificallyExtends thinking about contemporary cosmopolitanism and cultural identity
  • Utilises innovative ethnographic approaches that extend ideas from sensory ethnography
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​This book investigates the global hub airport as an exemplar of cosmopolitan culture and space. A machine made for movement, itself perched at the crossroads of the world’s incessant mobility, the airport is both a symbol of and stage for the ways in which we construct and inhabit the world today.
Taking an ethnographically-inflected approach, this study brings together knowledge of the moving body from dance and performance and the study of systems of mobility within cultural and mobilities studies, in order to call attention to the kinaesthetic experience of global space. What is the choreography of the global airport? How does it perform on us. How do we perform within it?
Extending thinking about contemporary cosmopolitanism and cultural identity, and the performativity of places and identities, this book is essential reading for those interested in cultural debates around globalisation, the innovative application of performance theory towards everyday experience, and interdisciplinary methodologies.

About the authors

Justine Shih Pearson is a designer and scholar of contemporary performance and dance, and Honorary Associate in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia.

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“Choreographing the Airport is a deeply-grounded study of hubs of contemporary global circulation — of bodies, affects, and cultures. No longer imaginable as the sole province of a transnational elite class, airports now function as critical arteries for the movement of refugees, migrants, transnational families, and others. As Shih Pearson’s nuanced examination demonstrates, airports bear a complex relationship to their geographic locations as well as their cosmopolitan functions — a relationship made all the more complex when considered from the perspective of the kinesthetic/somatic experience of its temporary inhabitants. Employing a kinesthetic auto-ethnographic method and combining performance and dance/movement theory, and postcolonial critique, Shih Pearson goes beyond a purely architectural analysis and asks us to attend to how and where we occupy those spaces, either in concert with or occasionally indifferent to global capitalism’s imperatives, asking us to consider the urgently relevant question, “what is it to move in this space?’” (Karen Shimakawa, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, USA)

“This is more than an original exploration of the choreographed spatiality of airports. It is for all those interested by the way one moves in and is moved by space in the era of transnational mobility. What’s more, the text itself is a well choreographed festival of intelligently deployed theory speaking to acutely observed ethnographic material traversed by sharp socio-political observations that make it a pleasure to read.” (Ghassan Hage, School of Social and Political Science, University of Melbourne, Australia)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Towards a Practical Cosmopolitanism

    Shih Pearson, Justine

    Pages 1-35

  • Persistent Place or Thirdspace?

    Shih Pearson, Justine

    Pages 37-60

  • Mass Transits, Micro Transitions

    Shih Pearson, Justine

    Pages 61-82

  • Performing Self at the Border

    Shih Pearson, Justine

    Pages 83-101

  • Bodies Under Duress (The Dystopic Future is Here)

    Shih Pearson, Justine

    Pages 103-127

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eBook $39.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-69572-3
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $54.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-69571-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Choreographing the Airport
Book Subtitle
Field Notes from the Transit Spaces of Global Mobility
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-69572-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-69572-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-69571-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 133
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