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komos
komos
Carnivalesque echolalia
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shutupbetsy From: shutupbetsy Date: May 13th, 2003 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Man, academics just fucking love the word performativity. It's often used in reference to gender, but also race, class, and pretty much bloody everything. I do think that performativity points to the artifice of how meaning happens, and to the social construction of it. This is particular relevent to the performativity of gender (because that's what I know most about). If gender is performable, then it is ultimately maleable and imitatable. Does that make any sense? My theoryspeak is a bit rusty.
komos From: komos Date: May 15th, 2003 07:21 am (UTC) (Link)
It does, actually, but it still feels like the word is unnecessarily imprecise. It may simply be that I still haven't entirely wrapped my mind around it, but it seems to carry a slightly different meaning in each of the realms where it is used. Just running with your example, would it be safe to say that it is through the acceptance and "performance" of socially-defined gender roles that leads to the "performativity" of gender? When those roles are broken/transcended/changed, does the creation of meaning change as well, or is it more of a fixed conceptualization?

(My dancing bear-like waltzing with the term is demonstrating that a full decade out of academia has made me soft and weak. ^_^)
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