Technomad: Global Raving Countercultures (Studies in Popular Music)

Technomad: Global Raving Countercultures (Studies in Popular Music)

By: Graham St. John (author)Hardback

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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, netographic 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: example 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.

About Author

Graham St John is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Media Production and Studies at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, a Research Associate at the University of Queensland's Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, and was recently an SAR/SSRC Residential Fellow at the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico. His books include the edited collections Victor Turner and Contemporary Cultural Performance (Berghahn 2008), and Rave Culture and Religion (Routledge, 2004). His book Global Trance Culture: Religion, Technology and Psytrance is forthcoming with Blackwell.


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

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781845536251
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9781845536251
  • ISBN10: 1845536258

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