Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke


133 Pages

ISBN 978-3-319-69571-6

Choreographing the airport

field notes from the transit spaces of global mobility

Justine Shih Pearson

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 orderto 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.

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Shih Pearson, J. (2018). Choreographing the airport: field notes from the transit spaces of global mobility, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Table of Contents

Towards a practical cosmopolitanism

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Persistent place or thirdspace?

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Mass transits, micro transitions

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Performing self at the border

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