Cultural Hegemony and contemporary performance: the subverted influences of control, surveillance and alienation in urban environments.

Walker, Hannah (2013) Cultural Hegemony and contemporary performance: the subverted influences of control, surveillance and alienation in urban environments. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation will highlight the different controlling elements that have been situated in urban environments. By identifying the dominant forms of control and how these forms of control have been internalised within members of society. The aim of this research is to find out the extent of which it has impacted performance in urban culture through its tendencies of alienation.

    The dissertation is fundamentally formed around existing academic resources, which appropriately fit the themes surrounding Cultural Hegemony, control in urban landscapes and the different influential movements, which impacted performance in contemporary society.

    This analysis will be presented in three thematic chapters, starting with the escalation of control explored by theorist Michel Foucault with an insight to the prison systems, this then transcends into the different methods explored to interrupt the Society of the Spectacle with an introduction to the work of the Situationist International and Michel de Certeau with their theories of psychogeography and urban wanderings, which then leads into my final chapter where theory from the previous chapters are explored in relation to performance groups which question the structures and hegemonies in society.

    In summary the conclusion of my research implements the importance of performance activism in the lives of minorities in urban culture, who have been alienated and isolated from Cultural Hegemony. The need for Cultural Hegemony also becomes apparent in the conclusion to understand that the majority of individuals need a controlling element in their lives to keep them rational by creating ambitions and goals for people to achieve throughout life.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jenni King
    Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2014 16:34
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:33
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/14272

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