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Performance in a Militarized Culture


Performance in a Militarized Culture



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.



Publication Date





New York, NY


American Politics | International Relations | Military and Veterans Studies | Military History | Performance Studies | Political History | Politics and Social Change | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Theatre and Performance Studies


Description courtesy of Routledge; cover image courtesy of Amazon.

Subject Areas

Performing arts -- Social aspects; Militarization

Author/Editor Bio

Sara Brady is an associate professor at Bronx Community College, City University of New York, and managing editor of TDR: The Drama Review.

Lindsey Mantoan is Assistant Professor of Theatre and Resident Dramaturg at Linfield College. She holds a Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies from Stanford University, an M.A. in Performance as Public Practice from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University.

Series Information

Routledge advances in theatre and performance studies

Performance in a Militarized Culture