“The diversity of the detailed and often gripping case studies, and their presentation in theoretically appropriate contexts, make for an original and thought-provoking take on how performance is deployed far beyond the cultural sector. Why simulations have become so pervasive and, at the same time, so often troubling forms the core of Alvarez’s discussion. The book’s attentiveness to political, ethical and moral questions is both admirable and important.”
—Susan Bennett, University of Calgary
“Meticulous in its research and field work, its theorization, and its interrogative self-positioning, Immersions in Cultural Difference also provides a compelling experience that takes the reader through the complexities of immersive simulation in military, tourist, and Indigenous settings as sites of cross-cultural encounter. Alvarez is a reliable guide, and her book is a major contribution to performance studies as it engages with the simulated ‘real.’”
—Ric Knowles, University of Guelph
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