Rebecca Sheehan's research while affiliated with Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City and other places

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This paper examines relational Mardi Gras street parade practices and performances of the Camel Toe Lady Steppers dance troupe with one another, other individuals, and groups—an assembly of plurality that is embodied, provisional, and performative. Using ethnographic methodology and an intersectional approach that emphasizes space, place, scale, an...
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In this paper, we bring together the hope of regenerative development with mobilities literature broadly and actor-network theory specifically to explicate a regenerative memorialization paradigm. Regenerative memorialization emphasizes the inherent (im)mobilities of memory – the flows and networks associated with people, ideas, materials, capital,...
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In this article, we explore the controversy surrounding the removal of four Confederate-inspired monuments in New Orleans through the narratives of key figures and organizations. We show how pro- and anti-monument supporters employed particular tactics that informed strategies on a continuum, from indirect to direct, to deny and to address white su...
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While scholars have considered the various meanings of roller derby for participants and discussed how roller derby critiques and stabilizes gender and sexuality normativity, their investigation into how a larger public is impacted by roller derby's public performances has received less attention. Here, we begin to address this oversight. Employing...
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In this paper, I explore how artist identities are constructed in relation to processes associated with tourism and a tourist site in New Orleans. My analysis draws from literatures concerning art, tourism art, and artist identities as well as from Goffman's work on identity, particularly in relation to impression management through setting, appear...
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Residents in sparsely populated Cimarron County, located at the end of Oklahoma's Panhandle in ‘No Man's Land,’ possess a strong sense of independence, yet also a strong sense of community. Building upon community research and applying an actor-network approach, we argue that the ‘materiality’ of meanings associated with and attachment to the cultu...
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Though tourism performances usually promote dominant representations of iconic places like New Orleans's Jackson Square, I argue that some performances also disrupt those representations as well as support challenges to particular normative ideals. Using ideas of performativity and threshold space, I examine just one facet, tourism and Tarot card a...
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In this article, I argue that actor-network theory (ANT) provides an avenue to cogent reflexivity. I focus on 'smaller' networks and single links, those between the researcher and other actors, both at once enrolled to varying degrees in multiple actor-networks. Using my own ethnographic research experiences, I show that ANT enables effective and p...
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Though research has examined the ways homeless persons work to be in public space, less research covers tying these ways to personal and social needs associated with home place and workplace. Additionally, scholars have given less attention to how central public spaces may not only be integral to long-term homeless persons' daily paths but also how...
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Ranchers in Cimarron County, Oklahoma, have turned to leasing school trust land to sustain and sometimes expand their operations. Changes in the land tenure process have undergone profound transformations in the last 20 years, greatly impacting land use in the region. Coupled with an almost decade-long drought, land managers pursuing seemingly "etr...
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In this article, relying on participant observation and personal experiences, I show how tourism and play come together in road races like the Crescent City Classic in New Orleans and explain some implications of these intersections. I reveal how adult play in the Classic enables participants to engage corporeally with images of the city as tourist...

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... One of those new possibilities involves what Sheehan (2019) calls "regenerative memorialization" (also, see Greeley et al. 2020;Sheehan et al. 2021). Instead of viewing memory-objects in isolation or as fixed elements of memory-places, a regenerative perspective advocates for a systemsbased, processual approach to memorialization. ...
... The first advance precipitated a range of research relevant to this study on how race, slavery, and the Civil War are represented in monuments, memorials, and historical sites. Beginning with John Winberry's (1983) study of the rise of Confederate memorials, considerable research has explored the racist ideology behind these works (Leib 2002(Leib , 2004Hanna and Hodder 2015;Forest and Johnson 2019;Sheehan and Speights-Binet 2019), including their role in racist violence (Inwood and Alderman 2016;Webster and Leib 2016). Of particular interest have been wide-ranging studies of the portrayal of slavery and southern antebellum life in public institutions, particularly plantation museums and universities like West Point (Inwood and Martin 2008;Brasher et al. 2017). ...
... accessed on 29 December 2021). The scientific results of this mixed-method research project have been widely published elsewhere and include research related to drought perception [47], irrigation and water security [48], household land use and survivability [49], overgrazing [50], and woody plant encroachment [51], among others. Here, drawing on over a decade of ethnographic field experience that led to the above publications, we explore how participatory approaches to research can help serve larger research project needs, bolstering community trust, while supporting our more recent foray into citizen science-based research [52]. ...
... Stereotypes of women as inferiors who only play a role in domestic and reproductive roles are the result of the highly subjective socio-cultural construction of 19th century Russian society that ultimately limits, complicates, harms, and impoverishes women. Even though it was written almost two centuries ago, the issue of stereotypes against women can still be found in the society around us in this modern era (Johnston, 2016;Doan, 2010;Sheehan & Vadjunec, 2016). ...
... Positivist marketing theory (Kotler, 1994) and social constructionist perspectives (Berger and Luckman, 1967) are also mobilized to discuss issues and opportunities for art tourism (Copley and Robson, 2001). Sociocultural theory by Vygotsky (1978) is employed to understand artists' perspectives and their role in art tourism (Slak Valek, 2020), while Goffman's front and back regions (1950) to explore artists in place and time and their identity (Sheehan, 2014). Hofstede's cultural dimensions theory (1980) is mobilized in a paper that focuses on leadership, organizational culture and economy, although art tourism is only mentioned as one among other industries. ...
... Thus, as has long been the case in community development practice, there is now a recognised need for CBA theory and practice to redefine 'community' beyond its current spatiotemporal conceptual containment (Faulkner et al., 2015). This need is ever more acute given the widespread and deep infiltration of communications technology and increasing population mobility, which created highly networked communities that exist over a continuous presence and expanded geography (Panelli and Welch 2005;Sheehan and Vadjunec 2012). Given that these networks extend beyond the local sphere, carrying with them values, worldviews, relations of reciprocity, and often diverging individual interests, different configurations of 'community' are now possible, particularly in relation to how a community acts collectively when facing a common threat like climate change (Chaudhury et al., 2017). ...
... Accordingly, the studies in question regard running events as signs of commodification and urban boosterism (Nettleton and Hardey 2006;Herrick 2015) that fit broader processes of 'festivalisation' (Richards 2007) and 'eventification', strategically devised by urban governments to stage and market the 'city product' (Jakob 2013). However, a larger share of the ever-expanding literature on running (events) has taken a more bottom-up perspective and has variously highlighted aspects of sociability (Sheehan 2006;Shipway et al. 2012;Robinson et al. 2014;Hitchings and Latham 2017a), mobility (Cidell 2014), and-in some cases relying on autoethnographic insights (e.g. Allen-Collinson 2003;Hockey 2006;Lorimer 2012;Barnfield 2017)-has discussed running in terms of (individual and collective) embodied experiences (e.g. ...
... 40 In particular, New Orleans has long appealed to tourists on account of its associations with the supernatural and occult. 41 The city offers visitors a range of guided walking tours themed around ghosts, cemeteries, Voodoo and vampires. 42 Similarly, Salem in Massachusetts now attracts over a million visitors a year due to the Salem witch trials of 1692 after which 20 people were executed for witchcraft. ...
... The scholarly work on this "new homelessness" has emphasized systemic and idiosyncratic factors defining and contributing to homelessness (Wolch, Dear, and Akita 1988;Takahashi 1996;S. Murphy 2009;Sheehan 2010;Jocoy 2013;Speer 2019) and furthered alternative conceptualizations to the notions of homelessness as a product of individual shortcomings that were propagated in prior research (N. Anderson 1961;Bahr 1973). ...
... preocupações 47 Sem desenvolver as questões teóricas, fica o exemplo sobre a reflexividade no construcionismo (Hosking & Pluut, 2010) e face à teoria do ator rede (Latour, 2005). Neste caso, instrumento que traçar relações inter/pessoais mas com a "infra-linguagem" que dissolve a agência humana, providenciando uma visão mais plana e descentrada da sociologia (Sheehan, 2011;Jansen, 2016). Nas práticas de investigação há modelos de entrevista e etnografias reflexivas (Roulston, 2010;Davies, 2012;Albertín, 2009;lvesson e Skoldberg, 2000). ...