The book advances our understanding of performance as a mode of caring and explores the relationship between socially engaged performance and care. It creates a dialogue between theatre and performance, care ethics and other disciplinary areas such as youth and disability studies, nursing, criminal justice and social care. Challenging existing debates in this area by rethinking the caring encounter as a performed, embodied experience and interrogating the boundaries between care practice and performance, the book engages with a wide range of different care performances drawn from interdisciplinary and international settings. Drawing on interdisciplinary debates, the edited collection examines how the field of performance and the aesthetic and ethico-political structures that determine its relationship with the social might be challenged by an examination of inter-human care. It interrogates how performance might be understood as caring or uncaring, careless or careful, and correlatively how care can be conceptualised as artful, aesthetic, authentic or even ‘fake’ and ‘staged’. Through a focus on care and performance, the contributors in the book consider how performance operates as a mode of caring for others and how dialogical debates between the theory and practice of care and performance making might foster a greater understanding of how the caring encounter is embodied and experienced.
preserve that individual’s memory.
The dominance of the ‘soldier’s tale’ has marginalised many other wartime narratives. Fraternal stories are also embedded in narratives of the Great War, informing our understanding of the network of domestic ties sustaining men and of the performance of wartime masculinities. These vital signifiers of sibling ‘love’ illustrate the breadth and depth of the support, comfort and protection provided to combatants, and the emotionallabours to preserve their memory.
1 J. Marcus, ‘Afterward’, We That Were Young (New York
Bordering intimacy is a study of how borders and dominant forms of intimacy, such as family, are central to the governance of postcolonial states such as Britain. The book explores the connected history between contemporary border regimes and the policing of family with the role of borders under European and British empires. Building upon postcolonial, decolonial and black feminist theory, the investigation centres on how colonial bordering is remade in contemporary Britain through appeals to protect, sustain and make family life. Not only was family central to the making of colonial racism but claims to family continue to remake, shore up but also hide the organisation of racialised violence in liberal states. Drawing on historical investigations, the book investigates the continuity of colonial rule in numerous areas of contemporary government – family visa regimes, the policing of sham marriages, counterterror strategies, deprivation of citizenship, policing tactics, integration policy. In doing this, the book re-theorises how we think of the connection between liberal government, race, family, borders and empire. In using Britain as a case, this opens up further insights into the international/global circulations of liberal empire and its relationship to violence.
the heroine, and
the actions of other hospital personnel exist to create challenges for
her. In others the professional nurse takes centre-stage, and the VAD
is the all-seeing witness, capturing events, apparently without distortion. But such appearances are deceptive: VADs were far from dispassionate, and tensions between them and their professional supervisors
resulted in a distortion of the historical record that has exaggerated the
excess discipline of the military hospital and underplayed the emotionallabour undertaken by nurses. A myth of wartime nursing has
transformation upon unsuspecting communities. In this sense, this edited collection also considers how theories and practices of care might challenge some of the assumptions made about socially engaged performance and the way efficacy is defined and measured within this field.
This introduction now turns to further consider some definitions of care by examining some of the theorisation in this area developed within care ethics. Building on the concept of care as ‘embodied’ knowledge (Hamington, 2004 ) and a form of ‘emotionallabour’ (Hochschild, 2012 ), the discussions of
increasingly whole as Christian opens to being
physically touched and emotionally expressive.
TRAUMA AND EMOTIONAL LABOUR
Christian’s journey of self-discovery and healing, as narrated by James,
closely follows a popular Freudian route where sexual preferences and
behaviours are rooted in childhood events, relationships and traumas. In
other words, Freudian trauma functions here as a narrative template that
runs parallel to and supports the genre conventions of romance and erotica.
Christian dominates young brown-haired women, having witnessed the
abuse and death of his
Hannah Jones, Yasmin Gunaratnam, Gargi Bhattacharyya, William Davies, Sukhwant Dhaliwal, Emma Jackson, and Roiyah Saltus
and as providing insight into our
varying social differences, research roles, the differential distribution of
emotionallabour within the research team and how these might all impact on
partnership working. As always the work of research and the thinking and
feeling that goes with it extends far beyond the funding of a study. Even the
publication of this book does not bring it to a close.
Nursing work and nurses’ space in the Second World War: a gendered construction
nursing service that
enabled the healing and recovery of battle-scarred men. However,
the development of more personal engagement with their patients
was not without difficulty. As the chapter argues, comfort care was
overlaid with the threat of sexual frisson, and their patients’ pain
and death demanded considerable emotionallabour from the nurses
themselves. Chapter 2 explores challenges to nursing care within
the highly mobile war. Many of the difficulties related to the need
to create a secure healing space within the harsh environments in
Fluidity and reciprocity in the performance of caring in Fevered Sleep’s Men & Girls Dance
Amanda Stuart Fisher
suggest that cultural, economic and social barriers continue to make it difficult for men to participate equally in childcaring duties (see Sodha, 2018 ) and, as a consequence, caring for children remains socially constructed as an emotionallabour that tends to be undertaken by women. This gendering of caring arguably contributes to the social acceptability of women being in close proximity with girls, but not men. While the gendering of care positions emotionallabour and feeling work as intrinsically feminine, correlative discourses around masculinity, as Raewyn W
The failure and success of a Swedish film diversity initiative
Mara Lee Gerdén
tension between our respective projects that addressed and
elaborated aspects of pain and emotionallabour (but also creativity and
agency) in relation to people of colour, and on the other hand the figure
of ‘the invulnerable body of colour’. We participants wanted to explore
counter-narratives in depth but at the same time the construction of us, and
so the participants, as ‘invulnerable bodies of colour’, informed the whole
framing of the programme. The paradox in being discursively situated as
‘invulnerable bodies of colour’ yet ‘chosen’ to fight this very same