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Performance, Ritual and Optimization

The phenomenon of optimization indicates an ongoing change in the performance principle. For a deeper understanding of this process, we analyze aspects that underlie the daily practices of performance: We pursue the open question of the contradictory conditions of the modern performance principle and its subjectivizing effects, present the concept of ritual as a way of dealing with this contradictoriness and show how rituals maintain the collective belief in performance.

In: Vierteljahrsschrift für wissenschaftliche Pädagogik