This chapter presents a cultural approach to studying competitions that involves conceptualizing competitions as performative events where individuals and collectivities present and negotiate meanings. In the first part of the chapter, the promise of this approach is illustrated through an analysis of international competitions in classical music. I present four arguments concerning the wider cultural significance and interactional structure of music competitions which result from interpreting them as complex performances. In the second part of the chapter, I explore how these arguments could be extended by considering the political, educational, media, and vocational context surrounding international classical music competitions. In the final part of the chapter, I suggest directions for future research by outlining a systematic comparison of competitions across the arts and beyond.
|Title of host publication||The Performance Complex|
|Subtitle of host publication||Competition and Competitions in Social Life|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Publication status||Published - 9 Jul 2020|
- Cold War
- classical music
- music education