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Exploring dress, identity and performance in contemporary dance music culture

Dewi Jaimangal-Jones, Annette Pritchard, Nigel Morgan Orcid Logo

Leisure Studies, Volume: 34, Issue: 5, Pages: 603 - 620

Swansea University Author: Nigel Morgan Orcid Logo

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Electronic dance music and its associated cultures have experienced significant growth and diversification in recent decades, evolving from their origins in the warehouse, acid house and rave ‘scenes’. The myriad of interrelated scenes under the umbrella term ‘dance culture’ provides a range of aest...

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Published in: Leisure Studies
ISSN: 0261-4367 1466-4496
Published: 2014
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa32691
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Abstract: Electronic dance music and its associated cultures have experienced significant growth and diversification in recent decades, evolving from their origins in the warehouse, acid house and rave ‘scenes’. The myriad of interrelated scenes under the umbrella term ‘dance culture’ provides a range of aesthetic and social event experiences, where participants can experiment with and perform multiple identities. This paper explores the significance of dress and identity within dance culture, drawing on an autoethnographic study which included participant observation, field trips, online research, focus groups and interviews. It investigates performance and presentation of identity within these commodified places, in particular how participants negotiate and traverse various credible roles. It suggests that the performance metaphor is useful in conceptualising event spaces and demonstrates the hugely significant role that dress and identity play in the construction and consumption of these events.
Keywords: youth culture; identity; festivals; clubbing; dress; performance
College: School of Management
Issue: 5
Start Page: 603
End Page: 620