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Introduction

Scaling Traditions: An Anthropology of Theatre, Migration, and State

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 August 2023

Jonas Tinius
Affiliation:
Saarland University
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The Introduction situates the main theoretical framework and contextualises the book amid the institutional landscape of modern-day Germany. It analyses the productive albeit difficult relationship between anthropology and theatre, as well as the crucial intersections and failures to connect ethnography as a method and contemporary performance studies. The introduction outlines the role of theatre as a modern form of self-cultivation in Germany and introduces the book’s key concept of theatre as a scalar ethico-aesthetic tradition. It discusses the unique scope of anthropology to study both micro-level practices of institutionalised traditions, as well as to grasp wider cultural and historic patterns that have shaped the national traditions of German public theatre. The introduction also outlines the ethnographic accounts through which this book unfolds how such an anthropological study of contemporary German theatre renders intelligible the tensions and troubles of a self-proclaimed ‘state of the arts’.

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State of the Arts
An Ethnography of German Theatre and Migration
, pp. 1 - 30
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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  • Introduction
  • Jonas Tinius, Saarland University
  • Book: State of the Arts
  • Online publication: 03 August 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009321150.001
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  • Introduction
  • Jonas Tinius, Saarland University
  • Book: State of the Arts
  • Online publication: 03 August 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009321150.001
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  • Introduction
  • Jonas Tinius, Saarland University
  • Book: State of the Arts
  • Online publication: 03 August 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009321150.001
Available formats
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