Performativity, Politics, and the Production of Social Space
Edited by Michael R. Glass, Reuben S. Rose-Redwood
To Be Published June 15th 2013 by Routledge – 256 pages
Theories of performativity have garnered considerable attention within the social sciences and humanities over the past two decades. At the same time, there has been a growing recognition that the social production of space is fundamental to the practices of everyday life. However, comparatively few studies have explored the full implications that arise from the confluence of these two streams of social thought. Feminist geographers were among the first to highlight the importance of space and place to the performativity of gendered identities, and, in recent years, this line of thought has been extended to a broad range of spatial practices, including the cultural politics of street naming, the bordering of political territory, and even the performative enactment of geographical scale itself. This is the first book-length, edited volume to showcase recent geographical scholarship on the spatial politics of performativity and offer a timely intervention within the field of critical human geography by exploring the performativity of political spaces and the spatiality of performative politics.
1. Introduction: Geographies of Performativity
Part I Taking Performativity Elsewhere
2. Taking Butler Elsewhere: Performativities, Spatialities, and Subjectivities
3. Taking Butler Elsewhere . . . Revisited
4. The Limits of Performativity
Part II Performativity, Politics, and the Subversions of Identity
5. Becoming-Stateless: Performativity, Events and the Transformation of Political Bodies/Spaces
6. Performing Uighur Identity in Xingjiang, China: Resisting Appropriation
7. Regional Visioning and Identity: Prospective Performatives
Part III Performing the Spaces of the Political
8. Sixth Avenue is Now a Memory: Regimes of Spatial Inscription and the Performative Limits of the Official City-Text
9. Performing the Space of Property
10. The Performance of Place as Commodity: The New Incarnation of Downtown L.A.
11. Performing Scale: Watersheds as "Natural" Governance Units
Part IV Performativity, Space, and Politics
12. Finding New Spaces for Performativity and Politics
Michael R. Glass is a Lecturer of Urban Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Reuben Rose-Redwood is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.