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What Matters?Ethnographies of Value in a Not So Secular Age$
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Courtney Bender and Ann Taves

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231156851

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231156851.001.0001

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Tribalism, Experience, and Remixology in Global Psytrance Culture

Tribalism, Experience, and Remixology in Global Psytrance Culture

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(p.248) Tribalism, Experience, and Remixology in Global Psytrance Culture
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What Matters?
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Graham St John

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231156851.003.0009

This chapter discusses the electronic dance music culture (EDMC)—clubs, festivals and the like—in relation to religiosity. Studies suggest that the collective alterations of consciousness happening in EDMCs such as moral panics and hysteria are similar to the alterations of consciousness expressed by Christian fundamentalists during an intense spiritual revival. In addition, sociologist Paul Heelas says that the contemporary studies about EDMC exemplify the shift from the “revolutionary” to subjective or “expressive life,” in which participants that are typically strangers to one another may experience a spontaneous “flash of mutual understanding on an existential level, and a ‘gut’ understanding of synchronicity.” This empathetic sociality reveals a compulsion consistent with the “neotribes” identified by sociologist Michel Maffesoli.

Keywords:   electronic dance music culture, moral panics, Paul Heelas, Michel Maffesoli, consciousness

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