By David A. Schlossman
This scholarly paintings seems to be on the factor of politics and function in the USA at the present time with specific cognizance paid to performances produced by way of activists, the NEA 4, and "Miss Saigon".
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Cultural Studies Although it developed independently, symbolic interactionist sociology shares with movements in contemporary critical theory a perspective that views art as bound to society; these fields of critical theory include feminism, gay and lesbian studies, queer theory, neo-~Varxism,post-colonial theory, new historicism, scholarship by and about women and men of color, and performance ~ t u d i e s . ~" Joseph Roach defines the movement of "cultural studies" in humanities scholarship as more of a "point of intersection for various kinds of interdisciplinary work than as a unitary approach" and explains that the movement "investigates the various kinds of boundaries-inclusive, exclusive, and negotiated-that human societies construct.
United States constitutes one of the precedents underpinning the First Amendment rights of the US performance industries, and as such it has had a material effect upon those industries' fortunes. For example, in March of 1972 the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled on the case of Southeastern Promotions, Ltd. v. City of West Palm Beach. "' The court ruled in favor of the musical's producers, viewing the city official's standards as arbitrary and an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment.
The perennial questions listed above constitute sound avenues for investigation that have produced important documentary and theoretical work; yet, their very frequency suggests that they are often posed by those who object to any attention to the connection of politics and art. Such objections, while varied and complex, boil down to two basic assertions: art makes for bad politics, and politics yields bad art. Challenges to the "efficacy" of theatre as a tool for social change exemplify the first notion: that art is a poor vessel for the potent brew of politics.
Actors and Activists: Performance, Politics, and Exchange Among Social Worlds by David A. Schlossman