Electronic dance music culture and religion: an overview

St John, Graham (2012). Electronic dance music culture and religion: an overview. In Mark J. Butler (Ed.), Electronica, dance and club music (pp. 243-268) Surrey, United Kingdom: Ashgate.

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Author St John, Graham
Title of chapter Electronic dance music culture and religion: an overview
Title of book Electronica, dance and club music
Place of Publication Surrey, United Kingdom
Publisher Ashgate
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Series Library of Essays on Popular Music
ISBN 9780754629658
Editor Mark J. Butler
Chapter number 17
Start page 243
End page 268
Total pages 26
Total chapters 28
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract/Summary This article provides a comprehensive and critical overview of existing research that investigates (directly and indirectly) the religio-spiritual dimensions of electronic dance music culture (EDMC) (from disco, through house, to post-rave forms). Studies of the culture and religion of EDMC are explored under four broad groupings: the cultural religion of EDMC expressed through 'ritual' and 'festal'; subject ivity, corporeality and the phenomenological dance experience (especially 'ecstasy' and 'trance'); the dance community and a sense of belonging (the 'vibe' and 'tribes'); and EDMC as a new 'spirituality of life'. Moving beyond the cultural Marxist approaches of the 7970s, which held youth (sub)cultural expressions as 'ineffectual' and 'tragic', and the postmodernist approaches of the early 7990s, which held rave to be an 'implosion of meaning: recent anthropological and sociological approaches recognise that the various manifestations of this youth cultural phenomenon possess meaning, purpose and significance for participants. Contemporary scholarship thus conveys the presence of religiosity and spirituality within contemporary popular cultural formations. In conclusion, I suggest that this and continuing scholarship can offer useful counterpoint to at least one recent account (of clubbing) that overlooks the significance of EDMC through a restricted and prejudiced apprehension of 'religion'.
Keyword Rave
Youth subculture
Dance culture
Q-Index Code BX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Description: xxxii, 536 p. : ill., music ; 25 cm.

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