Neo-Tribes pp 137-152 | Cite as

Dedicated Followers of PaSSion (1995–Present): Seasoned Clubbers and the Mediation of Collective Memory as a Process of Digital Gift-Giving

  • Zoe Armour


This chapter introduces the term micro-ties (friendships) into the literature on dance culture in relation to the neo-tribes turn. It focuses on a grouping of ‘seasoned clubbers’ who socialise in core micro-groups within the larger clubbing network and subscribe to being DFOP (Dedicated Followers of PaSSion). The application of a virtual ethnography was used to analyse the news feed as a temporal construction of DFOP recollections in three public Facebook clubbing groups. In a general sense clubbers can be described as tribalised in terms of their inseparability from mass global electronic dance music consumption practices. Yet an internal fixity that challenges former applications of a neo-tribes ethos is rendered visible through a process of symbolic digital gift-giving in the continuation of a mediated collective memory and performance of authenticity online.


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  • Zoe Armour
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  1. 1.De Montfort UniversityLeicesterUK

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