“Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me”

  • Sarah RaineEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music book series (PSHSPM)


In this chapter, we consider how gender plays out in the four central practices of the scene: dancing; record collecting; DJing; and event organising. Through these practices, the gendered nature of the scene roles of “the dancer”, the DJ, the collector, and the event organiser are set out as young women and men negotiate potential barriers to their engagement. Having set out the dominant system of valuing engagement and how this relates to issues of gender and of generation, this chapter details the ways in which dominant expectations are disrupted by members of the younger generation through an alternative (yet overlapping) system of valuing the “cool dancer”, the “sound” of record collectors and DJs, and the collective and DIY nature of the “proper nighters”.


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  1. 1.Edinburgh Napier UniversityEdinburghUK

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