Trance Formation: The Spiritual and Religious Dimensions of Global Rave Culture

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Overview

Robin Sylvan combines colorful firsthand accounts, extensive interviews with ravers, and cutting edge scholarly analysis to paint a compelling portrait of global rave culture as an important new religious and spiritual phenomenon that also serves as a template for mapping the future evolution of new forms of religion and spirituality in the twenty-first century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415970907
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Sylvan, Ph.D., is the founder and director of The Sacred Center, a nonprofit educational organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the author of Traces of the Spirit: The Religious Dimensions of Popular Music.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I The world of raves introduction : three scenes 1
Ch. 1 A brief history of the rave scene 17
Ch. 2 The full spectrum of events : from warehouse parties and clubs to burning man and the love parade 33
Pt. II The spiritual and religious dimensions of global rave culture 51
Ch. 3 Trance formation : the religious experience of rave 63
Ch. 4 Techno tribal church : the ritual and ceremonial forms of rave 97
Ch. 5 Transformation : rave worldview, rave spirituality, and global rave culture 129
Ch. 6 Living laboratories : rave communities and networks 157
Conclusion : rave new world 177
App The interviewees 185
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