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Realms of re-enchantment: Socio-cultural investigations of festival music space

Jennings, M. (2010) Realms of re-enchantment: Socio-cultural investigations of festival music space. Perfect Beat, 11 (1). pp. 67-83.

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The phenomenon of live music performance spaces is both enigmatic and enticing. While few would disagree that there appears to be a different set of priorities and protocols operative in these spaces, there has been little investigation of how socio-cultural theory might be useful in exploring the nature and significance of these spaces. This paper seeks to remedy that, drawing on detailed data compiled from participant observation over three years at the West Coast Blues & Roots festival in Fremantle, Western Australia. The relationship of the live music performance space, or “realm” is explored using three paradigms: charisma, carnival and communitas. The paper concludes with reflections on how the unique experience of music within these realms may interact and change the outside “real” world beyond the festival.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: Equinox Publishing
Copyright: 2010 Equinox Publishing Ltd.
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