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Performance

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"Performance: A Critical Introduction" was the first textbook to provide an overview of the modern concept of performance and its development in various related fields. This comprehensively revised, illustrated edition discusses recent performance work and takes into consideration changes that have taken place in the study of performance since the book's original publication in 1996. Marvin Carlson guides the reader through the contested definition of performance as a theatrical activity and the myriad ways in which performance has been interpreted by ethnographers, anthropologists, linguists and cultural theorists. Topics covered include:
--The evolution of performance art since the 1960s
--The relationship between performance, postmodernism, the politics of identity and current cultural studies
--The recent theoretical developments in the study of performance in the fields of anthropology, psychoanalysis, linguistics and technology
With a fully updated bibliography and additional glossary of terms, students of performance studies, visual and performing arts or theatre history will welcome this new version of a classic text.


A Benefit Performance

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Jacobs is now remembered for his macabre tale "The Monkey's Paw" (published 1902 in the collection of short stories The Lady of the Barge) [3] and "The Toll House" (published 1909 in the collection of short stories Sailors' Knots). However, the majority of his output was humorous in tone. His favourite subjects were marine life: "men who go down to the sea in ships of moderate tonnage" said Punch, reviewing his first collection of stories, Many Cargoes, which achieved great popular success on its publication in 1896. Many Cargoes was followed by the novel The Skipper's Wooing in 1897, and another collection of short stories, Sea Urchins (1898) set the seal on his popularity. Among his other titles are Captains All, Sailors' Knots, and Night Watches. The title of the last reflects the popularity of perhaps his most enduring character: the night-watchman on the wharf in Wapping, recounting the preposterous adventures of his acquaintances Ginger Dick, Sam Small, and Peter Russet. These three characters, pockets full after a long voyage, would take lodgings together determined to enjoy a long spell ashore; but the crafty inhabitants of dockland London would soon relieve them of their funds, assisted by the sailors' own fecklessness and credulity. Jacobs showed a delicacy of touch in his use of the coarse vernacular of the East End of London, which attracted the respect of such writers as P. G. Wodehouse, who mentions Jacobs in his autobiographical work Bring on the Girls! written with Guy Bolton, published in 1954.


Managing Performance Abroad

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In a global economy full of multinational firms, international human resource management including expatriation, career management, and talent management is a growing topic in the business and management literature and in universities. A thorough understanding of the adjustment of expatriates to their new environment is critical not only for selection and preparation of potential expatriates, but also for the management of expatriate performance. Managed well, expatriates can be key contributors to organizational success while abroad and after repatriation. Poor understanding and management of expatriate issues, on the other hand, may lead to underperformance and increased turnover of expatriates and repatriates. This book summarizes and extends what is known about the topic of expatriate management and adjustment, covering all the major authors and presenting a new approach to the adjustment process, which provides guidance for researchers and practitioners alike.

At present, expatriate adjustment is only covered as a chapter in books on international HRM and HRD. Much of this literature relies on out-dated concepts and evidence. Furthermore, most business research and management publications use an expatriate adjustment model that was originally published about two decades ago. The field has grown significantly in terms of studies and publications, but theoretical development has been lacking. This book is the first dedicated solely to the subject of expatriate adjustment, enabling readers to formulate research questions and hypotheses and develop expatriation policies and support systems that optimize the performance of expatriates. It also provides a re-formulation of the model underlying management research about expatriate adjustment.


Wood Carving

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From the INTRODUCTION
WOOD-CARVING as an educational influence appears to be entirely ignored, perhaps in consequence of its apparent limitations, both as to material used and manual exercises involved.
That it has such a value is undoubted, but as generally taught it simply amounts to keeping students employed, and as a consequence its educational value is seldom realised, because the student too frequently has no practical object in view. He may become skilful in the manipulation of tools and material if sufficiently persevering, but the realisation of an end and aim in his work may not dawn upon him whilst acquiring that technical skill.
The art of carving does not consist entirely in producing evidence of mastery over tools and material : this dexterity merely constitutes the means to an end; therefore to elucidate the principles underlying all good work would appear the most rational way to approach the subject.
What is wood-carving as distinguished from the art of wood-cutting? It is, or should be, one of the many means of expression. In this sense it is the expression in material form of ideas, the outcome of personal observation of nature and works done in ancient and modern times, or what we may see through the eyes of our favourite sculptor, etc., in which case we unfortunately surrender our own individualism.
It naturally follows that whatever influence affects the worker's mind must necessarily affect its expression; and thus we have in the carvings of past ages reflections in the concrete of people working in various climes and in different states of civilization, so that if it were necessary for the purpose of this book, there would be little, if any, difficulty in tracing minutely, character during the various periods of history.
Briefly stated, the material and its manipulation by different workers in the past ages may be regarded as a compound expression of character: in the cold, grey, would-be imperishable granite they used, and in its equally firm, severe, and unsympathetic treatment, may be found a basis for much conjecture as to the nature of the Egyptians; in the pure marble and its treatment, which requires a delicacy of touch, with a full appreciation of its nature, to bring out all its natural beauty, may be seen a clear reflection of the refinement of the Greek as expressed in all they thought and did.
Brick and its limitation sufficed for earl victorious Rome until an artificial refinement demanded marble. Money could an did supply this in abundance, but it was never stamped with anything but the characteristics of the people, as historically known.


The Performance Of Gender An

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The Performance of Gender presents a vivid description of everyday life in order to explore the concept of performance for an anthropology of gender. A detailed and evocotive account of the lives of men and women in a South Indian fishing community reveals new ways of framing gender relations, the body and kinship. The ethnographic account is set within the context of social and cultural theory, notably the ideas of Judith Butler, Pierre Bourdieu and Michel Foucault. The study sheds new light on the ways in which gender is understood as both performative, that is enacted through everyday practices, and also substantial and embodied, that is marked out in the separate sexual fluids and procreative capacities of husbands and wives.



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