Exploring dress, identity and performance in contemporary dance music culture
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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 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 obser- vation, 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 sug- gests 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.
Jaimangal-Jones, D., Morgan, M. and Pritchard, A. (2015) 'Exploring Dress, Identity and Performance in Contemporary Dance Music Culture', Leisure Studies, 34 (5), pp.603-620
This article has been published by Taylor & Francis in Leisure Studies, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02614367.2014.962580. The author's post-print is made available in this repository.
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