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Transnational and Process Geographies

Methods for investigating global performance practices were regarded as increasingly relevant to scholars in the late 20th century.

However, it is with the advent of postcolonial theories that the modes of analysis have been sharpened. In common with some studies within anthropology, we study transnational phenomena such as performances of plays, operas or ballets, often based on ideas of ‘classical’ works, which are adapted differently in different locations. Arjun Appadurai (2001) has developed an alternative variation of transnational phenomena with the concept ‘process geographies’, which helps the analysis to focus on how flows of cultural expressions take shape in local contexts and generate variable geographies. With this focus, it becomes more interesting to see how the local context affects the object of analysis, rather than following the transnational trajectories. It is also a concept that challenges traditional geographic categories (e.g. Scandinavian studies). To a country like Sweden, which has been a mediating ground for performance traditions from the East, South and West, Appadurai’s theory is highly useful in opening up the kind of ‘geographies’ to which the country and its performance practices can be considered to belong.

Appadurai, Arjun. Globalization. Durham, Duke University Press, 2001.


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Tiina Rosenberg
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