Globalism, Technology and Identity:Correlating Belonging and Becoming Through Raver Tribalism
On dance floors around the world, ravers of all creeds, classes and colours synchronize their bodies with rhythm, all contributing their individual beats to the collective chorus. Rhythm unites people across borders because it is an essential part of the human experience, one of the few incontestable universals in a postmodern zeitgeist. Synchronizing immanent and transcendent being through dance provides ravers with an ontological frame of reference that enables the subsequent development of identities, worldviews and norms that challenge dominant hegemonies. Intentional ravers represent a synthesized way of being that incorporates both introspection and social identification. Instead of privileging either epistemology of ontology, they recognize that the two can reciprocally awaken deep existential agency. Engaging in ‘neo-tribalism’, intentional ravers build communities that unite the subculture beyond the temporal moments of inter-tribal unity provided by the liminal cultural space of raves. Many of these communities are sustained and expanded through the Internet, a medium which mitigates the alienation caused by geographical distance and the atomization engendered by capitalism. Indeed, as more and more ravers become intentional through their dances, spiritualities, praxes and discourses, the global subculture evolves from a state of dispersion to integration. I term this process an ‘inverse diaspora’.
Dave Kent is a father, a philosopher, an activist and an intentional raver.
He is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Sociology at Simon Fraser University. His areas of research interest include global political economy, corporatism, ideological hegemony, social movements and raver tribalism. His graduate research projects are building towards Doctoral research and his career goal is to teach Sociology in a college classroom setting.