Acts of Conspicuous Compassion: Performance Culture and American Charity Practices (Hardback)Sheila C. Moeschen (author)
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Sheila C. Moeschen brokers a new way of accounting for the legacy and involvement of disabled people within charity-specifically, the articulation of performance culture as a vital theoretical framework for discussing issues of embodiment and identity dislodges previously held notions of the disabled existing as passive, "objects" of pity. This work gives rise to a more complicated and nuanced discussion of the participation of the disabled community in the charity industry, of the opportunities afforded by performance culture for disabled people to act as critical agents of charity, and of the new ethical and political issues that arise from employing performance methodology in a culture with increased appetites for voyeurism, display, and complex spectacle.
Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm
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