Ow does place relate to cultural performance?

PLEASE READ THROUGH the instruction, and follow the instruction!!

I would like to choose Bus as my site, as I posted my field work notes below as for you to use for the research. And I think homeless people would be a interesting group of people for you to focus on the research as well. Then please include the article below as the sources Relate to the performance that you observe. You can find them in The Cultural Geography Reader edited by Timothy S. Oakes and Patricia L. Price.

1. Doreen Masseys A Global Sense of Place
A)global sense of place. B)time space compression C)race and gender
**Place is dynamic; it is no simple, exclusionary boundaries; it has multiple identities and its important and particular

2. Clifford Greertzs Thick Description: Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture
a) interpret b)method: Thick description c)culture is not a force, it is a content within which human activity is meaningful.

3. Irving Goffmans Self-Presentation

***Maybe you can focus on 3groups of people 1)the riders on the bus 2)the drivers 3)homeless people to talk about how does place relate to cultural performance.

***Please Make a clear argument***


The goal of this project is to help you to develop sensitivity for seeing the cultural and geographical worlds as mutually constitutive. You will do this by 1) using the concepts, theories, and debates from the readings and lectures and 2) applying them to the action you see in the real world around you. Your main goal will be to develop an understanding of how cultural performances are achieved in the real world.

As nascent cultural geographers you will be looking particularly at how cultural performances necessarily draw on place (or, to be more precise, the material environment). In order to do this you will choose a field site (an actual place) and a particular type of performance to study ***I choose bus***. In your final paper you will explain how the particular type of performance you studied is related to the place (material environment) in which it is situated.

I. SITES****Bus****

You may choose a particular place first and then choose the type of performance you want to study, or you may choose in the reverse order. How should you choose a site? It should be a site in which performative roles are clearly established. This generally occurs in sites that are 1) public; 2) ordered by explicit rules; and 3) separated by different performative roles.


When choosing the type of performance to study, you should follow your interests. For example, whom do you find more interesting: students or teachers? Shoppers or sales clerks? Diners or wait staff? Much like the criteria for choosing a site, the criteria for choosing a type of performance are based on how easy it is to see what you are looking for. Are the performative roles clearly demarcated? Are there different performative roles that require one another (like student/teacher)? Are these roles public or are they private and thus more aptly described as personal identities?


Put very generally, your task will be to write about the ways in which a particular place supports a particular cultural performance. You will be able to do this through ethnography, which means literally, a?writing about a community.a? The best ethnography engages in a back and forth, tug and pull between empirical description and philosophical speculation. For you this means that youall need to observe your site with some theoretical ideas in your head. You will then see if these ideas are useful in interpreting the things you see. If not, then you will go and get new ideas that can tell you more about what youare seeing. In other words, you will move back and forth between the course material and the real world. This is essentially a crafted ethnographic analysis of a social setting.

Your final project will be the result of a three-step journey:

1. Exploration (the back-and-forth of theory and fieldwork)
2. Focus (the homing in on a specific practice, set of symbols, or theoretical framework that you want to explain)
3. Writing

You may wish to augment it with drawings, maps, or photographs. Guidelines:
a) Paper length: 6-7 pages (around 2000 words), 12 pt font, Times Roman, double spaced
b) Chicago style bibliography (in-text citation)
c) A minimum of 3 outside academic sources. Absolutely no wikipedia or the like. Books must be from an academic press. Articles must be from academic journals. ***Please use the article I mention in the beginning of the instruction.***

d) Your paper must have a strong, clear thesis statement (a thesis statement does not have to be a single sentence.)
e) Your paper ultimately must be a clear defense of this thesis statement. What are you explaining? What is the evidence you will bring forth in this explanation?
f) Your paper must have a clear structure with a logical progression.