Club Cultures and Female Subjectivity

The Move from Home to House

  • Maria Pini

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. Maria Pini
      Pages 1-19
  3. Who Knows?

  4. From Bedroom Culture to Dance Cultures

  5. Conclusions: ‘Losing It’: Dance Cultures and New Modes of Femininity

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 197-204

About this book


This work explores the significance which contemporary club cultures can have for women at a time when femininity is undergoing radical reconstruction. The book focuses upon the experiential accounts given by a range of 'raving' and clubbing women and illustrates how new (and, in some respects, more appropriate to our times) fictions of femininity are generated within these accounts. Club cultures can, it is argued, come to provide important sites for the exploration of new ways of being women-in-culture. Focus upon these more subjective and experiential aspects reveals that today's dance cultures have much to offer women, and a lot more to say about femininity than is usually acknowledged. This suggests the limitations of much contemporary club culture criticism which concludes that because men tend to dominate at the levels of production and organisation, today's club cultures signal a sexual-political step backwards.


Design organization women

Authors and affiliations

  • Maria Pini
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Critical PsychologyUniversity of Western SydneyKingswoodAustralia

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