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Rave Culture (Routledge Advances in Sociology) [Kindle Edition]

Graham St John

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  • Print ISBN-10: 0415314496
  • Print ISBN-13: 978-0415314497
  • Edition: 1
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Book Description

The collection provides insights on developments in post-traditional religiosity (especially 'New Age' and 'Neo-Paganism') through studies of rave's Gnostic narratives of ascensionism and re-enchantment, explorations of the embodied spirituality and millennialist predispositions of dance culture, and investigations of transnational digital-art countercultures manifesting at geographic locations as diverse as Goa, India, and Nevada's Burning Man festival. Contributors examine raving as a new religious or revitalization movement; a powerful locus of sacrifice and transgression; a lived bodily experience; a practice comparable with world entheogenic rituals; and as evidencing a new Orientalism. Rave Culture and Religion will be essential reading for advanced students and academics in the fields of sociology, cultural studies and religious studies.

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"Rave Culture and Religion is a smart book collecting essays many by emerging scholars and graduate students who, in personally experiencing rave culture, find immediate and urgent applicability for the academic theories they are reading. To link rave and religion will hopefully prove shocking enough to the established academic study of religion to open new discussions about religion and popular culture. To link rave and sophisticated academic study will hopefully be shocking enough to a few ravers to lead them to see beyond a simple-minded fuzzy understanding of the power and importance of what they are experiencing." - Professor Sam Gill, University of Colorado at Boulder

About the Author

Graham St John is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Interactive Media and Production at the University of Regina, and a Research Associate at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, Universoty of Queensland. His book Technomad: Global Raving Countercultures will be published with Equinox in September 2009. His previous publications include the edited collection Victor Turner and Contemporary Cultural Performance (Berghahn 2008).

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  • File Size: 2641 KB
  • Print Length: 349 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0415314496
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (June 1, 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000OI0N3W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Graham St John (1968) is an Australian anthropologist and scholar of electronic dance music cultures and festivals. He is Executive Editor of the journal Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture ( He has held several research positions - a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Queensland's Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, an SSRC Residential Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and postdoc in Interactive Media and Production at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan. Graham's latest book is Global Tribe: Technology, Spirituality and Psytrance (Equinox, 2012). His previous book is Technomad: Global Raving Countercultures (Equinox, 2009) and he has edited several collections: FreeNRG: Notes From the Edge of the Dance Floor (Commonground, 2001); Rave Culture and Religion (Routledge, 2004); Victor Turner and Contemporary Cultural Performance (Berghahn 2008); and The Local Scenes and Global Culture of Psytrance (Routledge, 2010). His website is:


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