I was reading this article when I came across the following quote:
"it’s a savvy and interesting thing to not perform the legitimacy of The Professor. Because this is the double thing: you’ve got people saying, 'You’ve made a bad choice, but we have to keep sacred this term professor so you have to perform this cultural capital.'"
Twice in succession she's using "perform" in a phrasing that sounds unusual and stilted to me. Is this an example of "perform" being used as jargon in a particular technical sense that's unfamiliar to me? Or is it just one person's slightly unconventional turn of phrase?