Technomad: Global Raving Countercultures

Technomad: Global Raving Countercultures

by Graham St John
     
 

ISBN-10: 1845536258

ISBN-13: 9781845536251

Pub. Date: 11/15/2009

Publisher: Equinox Publishing

A cultural history of global electronic dance music countercultures, Technomad explores the pleasurable and activist trajectories of post-rave. The book documents an emerging network of techno-tribes, exploring their pleasure principles and cultural politics. Attending to sound system culture, electro-humanitarianism, secret sonic societies, teknivals and other

Overview

A cultural history of global electronic dance music countercultures, Technomad explores the pleasurable and activist trajectories of post-rave. The book documents an emerging network of techno-tribes, exploring their pleasure principles and cultural politics. Attending to sound system culture, electro-humanitarianism, secret sonic societies, teknivals and other gatherings, intentional parties, revitalisation movements and counter-colonial interventions, Technomad investigates how the dance party has been harnessed for transgressive and progressive ends, for manifold freedoms. Seeking freedom from moral prohibitions and standards, pleasure in rebellion, refuge from sexual and gender prejudice, exile from oppression, rupturing aesthetic boundaries, re-enchanting the world, reclaiming space, fighting for the right to party, and responding to a host of critical concerns, electronic dance music cultures are multivalent sites of resistance. Drawing on extensive ethnographic, netogaphic and documentary research, Technomad details the post-rave trajectory through various local sites and global scenes, with each chapter attending to unique developments in the techno counterculture: e.g. Spiral Tribe, teknivals, psytrance, Burning Man, Reclaim the Streets, Earthdream. The book offers an original nuanced theory of resistance to assist understanding of these developments. This cultural history of hitherto uncharted territory will be of interest to students of cultural, performance, music, media, and new social movement studies, along with enthusiasts of dance culture and popular politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845536251
Publisher:
Equinox Publishing
Publication date:
11/15/2009
Series:
Studies in Popular Music Series
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction The Rave-olution?
1. Sound System Exodus: Tekno-Anarchy in the UK and Beyond
2. Secret Sonic Societies and Other Renegades of Sound
3. New Tribal Gathering: Vibe-Tribes and Mega-Raves
4. The Technooccult, Psytrance and the Millennium
5. Rebel Sounds and Dance Activism: Rave and the Carnival of Protest
6. Outback Vibes: Dancing Up Country
Conclusion: Hardcore, You Know the Score

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