The 'pleasure citizen' Analyzing partying as a form of social and political participation


Riley, S., Morey, Y. and Griffin, C., 2010. The 'pleasure citizen' Analyzing partying as a form of social and political participation. Young, 18 (1), pp. 33-54.

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In this article, we explore the potential for leisure as a site for new forms of political participation. Using electronic dance music culture (EDMC) as an example, we locate our analysis within theories of neo-liberalism and neo-tribalism, both of which suggest that political participation may be occurring at an informal level through consumption. Interview and focus group data on participation in EDMC in the southwest of England were analyzed, producing the themes of 'community, sociality and belonging', 'hedonism', 'multiplicity and flux' and 'Sovereignty'. These themes provided evidence for EDMC as a site for neo-tribal social and political participation, in which people created local and informal spaces of au-tonomy characterized by a celebration of community, sociality and hedonism. However, participants also drew on neo-liberal discourses of individualism, rights and responsibilities to make sense of their participation in EDMC, producing a move from economic and consumer citizen subjects to the 'pleasure' citizen.


Item Type Articles
CreatorsRiley, S., Morey, Y. and Griffin, C.
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DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Psychology
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