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The Call to Performance


Direct all correspondence to Norman K. Denzin, Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois–Urbana, 228 Gregory Hall, 810 South Wright St., Urbana, IL 61801; e-mail:


This article presents a performance-based approach to doing symbolic interactionist inquiry. After a discussion of the vocabulary of performance, I examine the relationship among performance, pedagogy, aesthetics, and politics, including the move to performance (auto)ethnography.