This is not a rave: An ethnography of changes in the Melbourne rave/dance party scene, 1996-2006 - PhD Project

  • Research program: Ethnographic Research
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: May 2005
  • Expected end date: October 2011
  • Completion date: October 2011
  • Funded by: NHMRC
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This thesis explores four changes associated with the commercialisation of the Melbourne rave/dance party scene: in the location, marketing and size of rave/dance party events; in the composition of attendees; in drug-related practices; and in the ‘vibe’ or atmosphere. I argue that these changes have produced nostalgic representations about past rave forms that can also be read as claims to ‘subcultural capital’ – that is, to the possession of an ‘authentic’ rave identity.

Dr Christine Siokou


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Professor David Moore
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Dr Helen Lee
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Siokou, C., Moore, D. and Lee, H. (2010). ‘Muzzas’ and ‘Old Skool Ravers’: Ethnicity, drugs and the changing face of Melbourne’s dance party/club scene. Health Sociology Review, 19, (2), pp. 192-204. DOI: 10.5172/hesr.2010.19.2.192 [RJ704] View web page

Siokou, C. and Moore, D. (2008). ‘This is not a rave!’: Changes in the commercialised Melbourne rave/dance party scene. Youth Studies Australia, 27, (3), pp. 50-57. [RJ617] View web page