Rave Culture

The Alteration and Decline of a Philadelphia Music Scene

Tammy L Anderson
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PB: $30.95
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Publication: Jun 09

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240 pages
6 x 9
8 tables, 2 figs., 9 halftones

Exposing the forces behind the decline of the rave scene in Philadelphia and elsewhere

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It used to be that raves were grassroots organized, anti-establishment, unlicensed all-night drug-fueled dance parties held in abandoned warehouses or an open field. These days, you pay $40 for a branded party at popular riverfront nightclubs where age and status, rather than DJ expertise and dancing, shape your experience In Rave Culture, sociologist Tammy Anderson explores the dance music, drug use and social deviance that are part of the pulsing dynamics of this collective. Her ethnographic study compares the Philadelphia rave scene with other rave scenes in London and Ibiza. She chronicles how generational change, commercialization, law enforcement, hedonism, and genre fragmentation fundamentally altered electronic dance music parties. Her analysis calls attention to issues of personal and collective identity in helping to explain such social change and what the decline of the rave scene means for the future of youth culture and electronic dance music. “Anderson clearly has a passion for the subject matter and a keen focus on the ‘decline’ of rave culture which is to be commended. There is a need for in-depth considerations of post-rave club cultures as embedded in global, national, local and virtual spaces. The thoroughness of Anderson’s empirical work, and her engagement with the data is useful and gives voice to young (and not so young!) people and culture.”—Karenza Moore, Lancaster University

Table of Contents

Table of Contents Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. Corporate Raves, Weeklies, Underground Parties, etc.: Defining the Rave-Club Culture Continuum Chapter 3. Loyalists, Spillovers, and other Party People: Personal and Collective Identity in the Post-Rave Era Chapter 4. From 1990s Massives to Rave's Death? Forces of Alteration and Decline Chapter 5. Players and their Tracks: Types of Cultural Work in the EDM Scene Chapter 6. EDM as a Vibrant Global Scene Chapter 7. 21st Century Scenes, Sounds, and Selves Appendix. Methods References

About the Author(s)

Tammy L. Anderson is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. She is the editor of Neither Villain, Nor Victim: Empowerment and Agency Among Women Substance Abusers. For more information about her work, please visit www.udel.edu/soc/tammya.