[Dancecult-l] Commercialised communitas

Graham St John g.stjohn at warpmail.net
Thu Nov 24 01:52:50 CET 2011

Hi Sebastian

On the specific theme of commercial or 
corporatised communitas, there really isn't much 
around dedicated to that subject. There is some 
material on corporate vibes in my book Technomad, 
and you might also check this blog entry I wrote 
also in 2007 - as a kind of companion piece to 
the one you refer:

You might find this useful:

Chatterton, Paul, and Robert Hollands. 2003. 
Making Urban Nighscapes: Youth Cultures, Pleasure
Spaces and Corporate Power. London: Routledge

I look forward to reading your article.


At 3:11 PM +0100 22/11/11, Sebastien Tutenges wrote:
>Dear all,
>We are a group of researchers in Denmark 
>interested in writings on "commercialised 
>communitas", "packaged carnival" 
>and "commodified transgression". We are aware of 
>Graham St John's brilliant article "Dionysus 
>We are also familiar with the work 
>of Ritzer, Presdee, Maffesoli, Hayward and 
>Hobbs. But there must be more literature out 
>there which takes up this important topic. In 
>particular, we would like to know if and where 
>St John has written more on this.
>Our focus is on mainstream nightlife: we are 
>doing a project on safety conditions in 
>nightlife, and we are also examining how bars 
>and nightclubs allow, promote and capitalize on 
>the Dionysian.
>I have written about this in an article that is just about to get published: 
>Tutenges, S. "Stirring up effervescence: An 
>ethnographic study of youth at a nightlife 
>resort". Leisure Studies. See: 
>The article examines "party package holidays" 
>and the mind altering techniques used by guides 
>and tourists at a resort in Bulgaria called 
>Sunny Beach (akin to Ibiza, Cancun, 
>Falariki etc).
>Best wishes,
>Sébastien Tutenges
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>>  From: Sean Albiez <Sean.Albiez at solent.ac.uk>
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>>  I thought there may be one or two Danceculters interested in this,
>>  Cheers,
>>  Sean
>>  CFP - Brian Eno - edited collection
>>  On the back of his published diary (A Year 
>>with Swollen Appendices, Faber 1996) Brian Eno 
>>describes himself variously as: a mammal, a 
>>father, an artist, a celebrity, a pragmatist, a 
>>computer- user, an interviewee, and a ?drifting 
>>clarifier?. To this list we might add rock star 
>>(on the first two Roxy Music albums); the 
>>creator of lastingly influential music (Another 
>>Green World; Music for Airports); a trusted 
>>producer (for Talking Heads, U2, Coldplay and a 
>>host of other artists); the maker of 
>>large-scale video and installation artworks; a 
>>maker of apps and interactive software; and so 
>>on, and so on. All in all, he is one of the 
>>most feted and most influential musical figures 
>>of the past forty years (even though he himself 
>>has consistently downplayed his musical 
>>abilities, describing himself as an 
>>anti-musician on more than one occasion).
>  > We are inviting proposals for an essay 
>collection on all aspects of the work of this 
>multi-faceted cultural figure. Potential topics 
>for investigation might include-
>>  Eno the anti-musician/ Eno the humourist.
>>  Eno?s solo albums.
>>  Eno & Gospel- Eno & spirituality.
>>  Eno & the voice.
>>  Eno & politics.
>>  Eno the futurist.
>>  Eno the arch-collaborator.
>>  Eno and the media.
>>  Eno: the Roxy years.
>>  Eno and theory.
>>  Eno and ambient music
>>  Eno and generative music.
>>  Eno the producer.
>>  Eno the multimedia artist.
>>  Proposals should be 250 words (for chapters of 
>>between 6,000-8,000 words), and should be sent 
>>  Sean Albiez sean.albiez at solent.ac.uk
>>  David Pattie: d.pattie at chester.ac.uk
>>  Deadline for proposals: 16th December 2011
>>  Deadline for completed chapters: 30th June 2012.
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