Performing Left Populism: Performance, Politics And The People (Methuen Drama Agitations: Text, Politics And Performances)

Publisher: Methuen Drama
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ISBN-13: 9781350347045
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This interdisciplinary volume offers new insights into the connections between populism and performance. As a driving force of the contemporary left, populist logic offers a way for progressive politics to radicalize actions against the elite, fostering greater democratization of societies at a time of socio-political, sanitary and environmental crisis. Exploring...
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This interdisciplinary volume offers new insights into the connections between populism and performance. As a driving force of the contemporary left, populist logic offers a way for progressive politics to radicalize actions against the elite, fostering greater democratization of societies at a time of socio-political, sanitary and environmental crisis. Exploring the populist roots of a number of performances, the contributors to this study analyze the potentials and limits of the new forms of left populism for more democratic ways of living together. Combining performance studies and political theory, Performing Left Populism demonstrates how various performance practices give rise to populism. It shows how both civic performances (including grassroots, civil movements, political speeches, state policies and media campaigns) and artistic performances (such as theatre, dance, music and artistic activism) contribute to these processes. By these means, the book examines the processes of constructing 'a people' through both the real/civic and imaginary/artistic perspectives. Offering scholars and practitioners a thought-provoking analysis of the ways in which performance can be viewed politically, as a social practice capable of mobilizing alternative ways of living and invigorating democracy, it expands the debate about left populism towards strategies of mobilization, collectivism and democratic politics.


  • | Author: Théo Aiolfi, Goran Petrovic-Lotina, William C. Boles, Anja Hartl
  • | Publisher: Methuen Drama
  • | Publication Date: Jul 13, 2023
  • | Number of Pages: 228 pages
  • | Language: English
  • | Binding: Hardcover
  • | ISBN-10: 1350347043
  • | ISBN-13: 9781350347045

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