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Culture, Identity and Intense Performativity. Being in the Zone

Jordan, Tim; McClure, Brigid and Woodward, Kath eds. (2017). Culture, Identity and Intense Performativity. Being in the Zone. Innovations in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Creative Arts, 4. London: Routledge.

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This collection of work on 'being in the zone' (bitz) highlights the social and cultural dimensions of a phenomenon, which has hitherto been largely the focus of psychological, individualised explanations, by bringing together case studies from music, cultural work and sport.We draw upon Mihály Csíkszentmihályi's ideas about flow to develop different psychosocial, cultural and sociological approaches to bitz ranging from sporting performances which assume qualities of timelessness and harmonies between actors and context, work experiences when everything comes together to the synergies between language and music in the performance of jazz and the intensities of viola playing. The volume provides innovative theoretical frameworks for making sense of collective experiences, whether as practitioners or spectators and the possibilities and democratic promise of social and cultural understandings of the zone.

Item Type: Edited Book
Copyright Holders: 2017 The Editors & Authors
ISBN: 1-138-18592-2, 978-1-138-18592-0
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Being in the Zone: the Importance of Culture to Peak Performance in Sport, Arts and WorkAH/J012920/1AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council)
Extra Information: The AHRC funding inspired the collection but funding did not apply to all contributors.
Keywords: being in the zone; culture; liminality; temporality; synergy; flow; creativity; harmony; embodiment; flesh; bitz
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Sociology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 49025
Depositing User: Kath Woodward
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2017 15:38
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:50
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