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It's a secret except for those who are in it : an analysis of circus community and culture from insider's perspectives

Auteurs : Stern, Nikki (Auteur)

Lieu de publication : Kalamazoo

Éditeur : Kalamazoo College

Date de publication : 2012

Langue : Anglais

Description : viii, 93 p. : 28 cm.

Notes : Paper for the degree of Bachelor of Arts , Department od Anthropology ans Sociology, Kalamazoo College.
Bibliogr. : p. 93.

Sujets :
Arts du cirque - Aspect social
Arts du cirque - Philosophie et théorie
Arts du cirque - Aspect culturel
Arts du cirque et société
Valeurs sociales

Dépouillement du document :
1- Methods: Field Work with the Circus
Research Goals
Sample Population
Research Design
Potential Biases & Reflexivity

2- Literature Review: Analyzing Deviance and Social Groups
Evolution of Deviance
Causality of Deviance
Identifying Deviance
Development of Deviant Social Groups
Applying Labeling Theory
Inequalities in Labeling Deviance
External Responses to Deviance
Stigma and Deviance
Social Boundaries in the Construction of Deviance

3- Results: Alternative Circus
Circus is Alternative
External Reactions from an Insiders Experience
Circus Identity
Philosophy of Circus
Circus Community
Circus Culture
Circus Principles
Changes in Perception of Circus

4- Discussion: Reinterpreting Deviance
Associated Language
Alternative Outlook on Deviance

Ending Notes
Appendix 1: Informed Consent
Appendix 2: Interview Guide

Résumé :
The presence of a circus society and culture is studied using interviews and field observations. Research begins with an in-depth literary analysis of deviance and its influence on the construction of self-identified deviant identities and a respective deviant community and culture. Results acquired from field work are put into discussion alongside literary theorists, and dispute the application of deviance to circus. Literature concerning deviance uses incriminating language and examines deviance from an outsider's perspective. Thus, the application of deviance applies negative undertones to the subject under analysis and leads to misrepresentation as it is studied from an outsider's perspective. This paper argues that deviance is not an appropriate concept with which to analyze circus. Circus should rather be studied more autonomously along with an insider's perspective to highlight the positive aspects of uniting and constructing a shared identity, community and culture. [author summary]

Collection : Bibliothèque de l'École nationale de cirque

Localisation : Bibliothèque

Cote : 791.301 St455s 2012

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