The Festivalization of Culture

The Festivalization of Culture


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The Festivalization of Culture explores the links between various local and global cultures, communities, identities and lifestyle narratives as they are both constructed and experienced in the festival context. Drawing on a wide range of case studies from Australia and Europe, festivals are examined as sites for the performance and critique of lifestyle, identity and cultural politics; as vehicles for the mobilization and cementation of local and global communities; and as spatio-temporal events that inspire and determine meaning in people's lives. Investigating the manner in which festivals are no longer merely periodic, cultural, religious or historical events within communities, but rather a popular means through which citizens consume and experience culture, this book also sheds light on the increasing diversity of contemporary societies and the role played by festivals as sites of cohesion, cultural critique and social mobility. As such, this book will be of interest to those working in areas such as the sociology, consumption and commodification of culture, social and cultural geography, anthropology, cultural studies and popular music studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781409431985
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/28/2014
Edition description: 1
Pages: 294
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Andy Bennett is Director of the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research at Griffith University, Australia, editor of Remembering Woodstock, and co-editor of Music, Space and Place, and Britpop and the English Music Tradition. Jodie Taylor is Research Fellow at the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research at Griffith University, Australia. Ian Woodward is Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research at Griffith University, Australia.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Andy Bennett, Jodie Taylor and Ian Woodward. Part I Lifestyle, Identity and Cultural Politics: Festival spaces, identity, experience and belonging, Andy Bennett and Ian Woodward; Festivalizing sexualities: discourses of ‘pride', counter-discourses of ‘shame', Jodie Taylor; The logics of sacrifice at visionary arts festivals, Graham St John; ‘Pride in self, pride in community, pride in culture': the role of stylin' up in fostering indigenous community and identity, Brydie-Leigh Bartleet; The politics, pleasure and performance of New Age Travellers, ravers and anti-road protestors: connecting festivals, carnival and new social movements, Greg Martin. Part II Local and Global Communities: Varieties of cosmopolitanism in art festivals, Jasper Chalcraft, Gerard Delanty and Monica Sassatelli; Sovereign bodies: Australian indigenous cultural festivals and flourishing lifeworlds, Lisa Slater; Music festivals as trans-national scenes: the case of progressive rock in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, Timothy J. Dowd; The greening of the music festival scene: an exploration of sustainable practices and their influence on youth culture, Joanne Cummings. Part III Spatial and Temporal Narratives: Location, spatiality and liminality at outdoor music festivals: doofs as journey, Susan Luckman; Performing the promised land: the festivalizing of multi-cultures in the Margate Exodus project, Michael Balfour; The emotional ecologies of festivals, Michelle Duffy; Festivals 2.0: consuming, producing and participating in the extended festival experience, Yvette Morey, Andrew Bengry-Howell, Christine Griffin, Isabelle Szmigin and Sarah Riley. Index.

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