Performance in a Militarized Culture  book cover
1st Edition

Performance in a Militarized Culture

ISBN 9781138690189
Published September 14, 2017 by Routledge
354 Pages

FREE Standard Shipping
SAVE $51.00
was $170.00
USD $119.00

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

The long cultural moment that arose in the wake of 9/11 and the conflict in the Middle East has fostered a global wave of surveillance and counterinsurgency. Performance in a Militarized Culture explores the ways in which we experience this new status quo. Addressing the most commonplace of everyday interactions, from mobile phone calls to traffic cameras, this edited collection considers:

  • How militarization appropriates and deploys performance techniques
  • How performing arts practices can confront militarization
  • The long and complex history of militarization
  • How the war on terror has transformed into a values system that prioritizes the military
  • The ways in which performance can be used to secure and maintain power across social strata

Performance in a Militarized Culture draws on performances from North, Central, and South America; Europe; the Middle East; and Asia to chronicle a range of experience: from those who live under a daily threat of terrorism, to others who live with a distant, imagined fear of such danger.

Table of Contents

Sarah Bay-Cheng
Performance in the Age of Intelligent Warfare

Sara Brady
Lindsey Mantoan

In the Absence of the Gun: Performing Militarization


I. Sites of Conflict

Katherine Zien

Mises-en-scène of Militarization: Decommissioning US Military Infrastructure in the Panama Canal Zone

Alexis Bushnell

Justine Nakase

Military Aid: The Spatial Performances and Performativity of Contemporary Refugee Camps

Eylül Fidan Akinci

Sacred Children, Accursed Mothers: Performativities of Necropolitics and Mourning in Neoliberal Turkey

Elin Nicholson

The Freedom Theatre and Cultural Resistance in Jenin, Palestine

Bart Pitchford

Tactical Performance Across a Revolutionary Timeline


II. Militarized History and Memory

Áine Sheil

How to Do Things with Music Criticism: Performances of Victory in German Wagner Reception, 1918–1933

Susanne Shawyer

"Stop the War in Chicago Please": Performative Protest and the Limits of Dissensus

Jessica Nakamura

Choreographies of Militarized Space: US Military Bases, Everyday Life, and Performance in Okinawa, Japan

Solveig Gade

Reviving the Tradition of the Battle Painting: The Militarization of Danish Culture


III. Performing the Soldier

tyler boudreau

Soldier Street Theatre

Lindsey Mantoan

No Easy Mission: Zero Dark Thirty and Gendered Heroism in the Post-Heroic Age

Sarah Beck
Going Outside the Wire: Service Members as Documentary Subjects in Black Watch and ReEntry

Cami Rowe

Challenging the Characterizations of Military Service: A Critical Comparison of British and American Counter-Recruitment Efforts

Michael St. Clair

Strategic Simulation and the American Military Imaginary

Scott Magelssen

Performing Flight: Test Pilots, Commercial Airlines, and the Cold War


IV. The Militarization of the Everyday

Lindsay Adamson Livingston

Picking Up the Gun: Spectacular Performances of Firearm Ownership in the Long Civil Rights Movement

Emily Klein

Failure to Adapt: Affect, Apathy, and Doomed Reenactments in American Theatre’s Militarized Dystopias

Asher Warren

Weaponized Bureaucracy: Kill-Chains, Drones, and Tethers

Jacqueline Viskup

Re-staging Surveillance Tragedy as Critical Resistance

Kashif Jerome Powell

The Time to Break (Silence): Disavowing the Affects of Militarization and Death through the Performance of Black Existence


Wendy S. Hesford
Constitutive Performance: Human Rights in a Militarized Culture

View More



Sara Brady is Associate Professor at Bronx Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY).

Lindsey Mantoan is Assistant Professor at Linfield College.