By Maria Pini

ISBN-10: 1349426237

ISBN-13: 9781349426232

ISBN-10: 1403914206

ISBN-13: 9781403914200

This paintings explores the importance which modern membership cultures could have for ladies at a time while femininity is present process radical reconstruction. The booklet focuses upon the experiential bills given by way of more than a few 'raving' and clubbing ladies and illustrates how new (and, in a few respects, extra acceptable to our occasions) fictions of femininity are generated inside those debts. membership cultures can, it's argued, come to supply vital websites for the exploration of recent methods of being women-in-culture. concentration upon those extra subjective and experiential points unearths that cutting-edge dance cultures have a lot to provide ladies, and much more to claim approximately femininity than is mostly said. this means the constraints of a lot modern membership tradition feedback which concludes that simply because males are inclined to dominate on the degrees of construction and organization, modern day membership cultures sign a sexual-political step backwards.

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The yardstick against which disco was measured, Dyer argues, was a particular form of more apparently ‘authentic’ music, which involved both thematically and in terms of its production, a ‘grass-roots’ ideal. Compared to this romantic and naïve image of technologically 28 Club Cultures and Female Subjectivity unaided and independently produced songs about a bygone and ‘simple’ age, disco appeared artificial, materialistic and ‘irredeemably capitalistic’ (1979, p. 12). Against a traditional academic Left backdrop which demanded that in order to be culturally ‘significant’, youth movements and musics had to conform to very particular notions about both ‘resistance’ and ‘authenticity’, 1980s Acid House looks as empty, conservative and de-politicising as did Disco in the 1970s.

Those who sought to understand this subculture in terms of a politics and usage and identity completely missed the point. The spaces which club culture occupied and transformed through Ecstasy and travel (retreating into the body, holidaying in Ibiza and Rimini) represent a fantasy of liberation, an escape from identity (1993, p. 37) Although it is true that ravers may well experience a sense of ‘losing’ themselves within an event, this does not mean that identity has been ‘escaped’ from. Body-subjects within rave may well experience Invisible Women in Club Cultures 47 a sense of merging into a larger ‘body’ (such as the ‘body’ of the dancing crowd) but as far as raving women go, this does not mean that femininity is ever fully ‘escaped’ from.

We can in no way be certain therefore, that the broader changing climate of sexual politics is reflected in rave. (1994, p. 168) Important and noteworthy as it is that women are largely excluded from the traditionally more ‘meaningful’ levels of dance cultures, surely their undeniably heavy presence at other levels of these cultures is equally worthy of attention and commentary. As I suggested earlier, Sarah Thornton’s Club Cultures: Music, Media and Subcultural Capital, although a very important intervention into club cultural criticism, is also, I believe, exemplary of the tendency to double raving women’s invisibility.

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