Technomad: Global raving countercultures

St John, Graham Technomad: Global raving countercultures 1st ed. London: Equinox Publishing, 2009.

Author St John, Graham
Title Technomad: Global raving countercultures
Place of Publication London
Publisher Equinox Publishing
Publication year 2009
Sub-type Research book (original research)
Edition 1st
ISBN 978-1-84553-626-8
Language eng
Start page 1
End page 325
Total number of pages 326
Collection year 2010
Year available 2009
Subjects A1
950101 Music
959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
200299 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
Abstract/Summary A cultural history of global electronic dance music countercultures, Technomad explores the pleasurable and activist trajectories of post-rave culture. 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: 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.
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