Party people: mapping contemporary dance music cultures in Australia

Luckman, Susan Heather. (2002). Party people: mapping contemporary dance music cultures in Australia PhD Thesis, School of English, Media Studies and Art History, The University of Queensland.

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Author Luckman, Susan Heather.
Thesis Title Party people: mapping contemporary dance music cultures in Australia
School, Centre or Institute School of English, Media Studies and Art History
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2002
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor Turner, G.
Total pages 375
Collection year 2002
Subjects L
750299 Arts and leisure not elsewhere classified
420399 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
Formatted abstract
This dissertation is concerned with an examination of rave-derived electronic music as a subcultural practice in Australia. In particular, it offers an elaboration of the diverse practices which coalesce around the subcultural term ‘doof’.

The dissertation progresses from an initial account of the dearth of material available on the contemporary antipodean dance music scene, into a large scale discussion of the disparate sites and social practices which constitute rave-derived subcultural performances in Australia. Included in this discussion are such topics as 'rave's' connection to Utopian value systems; non-indigenous Australians' relationship to the landscape; political activism; harm minimisation programs; governmental attempts at containment; and the commercial diffusion of subcultural capital. Methodologically, the research is informed by both ethnographic and critical methodologies, as well as by the subcultural research tradition. Though it does not reproduce the model of subculture originally posited from within the Birmingham CCCS, the thesis argues that the ongoing usefulness of 'subcultural' or similar terminology to nominate hierarchies of cultural practice is evidence of the continuing value of a critically engaged subcultural studies project.
Keyword Electronic music
Dance music
Popular culture -- Queensland -- Brisbane

Document type: Thesis
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