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Author Weems, Mickey.

Title The fierce tribe : masculine identity and performance in the Circuit / Mickey Weems
Published Logan, Utah : Utah State University Press, [2008]
©2008
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Description 1 online resource (xxiii, 272 pages) : illustrations
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Contents 880-01 Introduction: fascists and whores -- Part I: Fierce. Banishing the God of mediocrity -- The few, the proud, the cracked -- Thousands of dancing gay men -- Fierceness -- The girlfriends -- Harm reduction -- Part II: Tribe. A history of festive homosexuality: 1700-1969 CE -- A history of the circuit(s): 1969 CE-present -- A tale of two cities: NOLA and MIA -- Part III: Pulse. Popular dance -- Axé -- From marching soldier to dancing Queen -- Part IV: Ecstasy. The DJ -- Stepping Out -- Bibliography -- Discography -- Index
880-01 Introduction: fascists and whores -- Part I: Fierce. Banishing the God of mediocrity -- The few, the proud, the cracked -- Thousands of dancing gay men -- Fierceness -- The girlfriends -- Harm reduction -- Part II: Tribe. A history of festive homosexuality: 1700-1969 CE -- A history of the circuit(s): 1969 CE-present -- A tale of two cities: NOLA and MIA -- Part III: Pulse. Popular dance -- Axe⁺ѓ From marching soldier to dancing Queen -- Part IV: Ecstasy. The DJ -- Stepping Out -- Bibliography -- Discography -- index
Summary "In this ethnography that documents the folk nature of popular culture, Mickey Weems applies interdisciplinary interpretation to a subject that demands such a breakdown of intellectual boundaries. The Circuit, an expression of gay culture, comprises large dance events--gatherings, celebrations, communions, festivals. Music and dance drive complex, shared performances--electronic house music played by professional DJs and mass ecstatic dancing that engenders communitas. Other performances, from drag queens and concerts to contests, theatrics, and the individual display of muscular bodies are part of the festivities. Body sculpting through muscle building is strongly associated with the Circuit, and masculine aggression is both displayed and parodied. Weems, a participant-observer with a multidisciplinary background in anthropology, folklore, religious studies, cultural studies, and somatic studies, considers the cultural and ethical dimensions of what to outsiders might seem to be just wild, flamboyant parties. He compares the Circuit to other traditions of ecstatic and communal dance, and uses his grounding in African-Brazilian Candomblé and in religious studies to illuminate spiritual experiences reported by Circuit participants. And, as a U.S. Marine, he offers the nonviolent masculine arrogance of Circuiteers as an alternative to the violent forms of masculine aggression embedded in the military and much of western culture."--Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-263) and index
Includes discography: pages 264-265
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. http://purl.oclc.org/DLF/benchrepro0212 MiAaHDL
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Subject Gay and lesbian dance parties -- Social aspects -- United States.
Gay culture -- United States.
Gay men -- United States -- Identity
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2008034568
ISBN 0874216923 (electronic bk.)
9780874216929 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(cloth ; alk. paper)