Beyond the Dance Floor: Female DJs, Technology, and Electronic Dance Music Culture

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Intellect Books, 2012 - Music - 171 pages
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A pathbreaking study of the women who create electronic dance music, Beyond the Dance Floor focuses on the largely neglected relationship between these women and the conceptions of gender and technology that continue to inform the male-dominated culture surrounding electronic music. In this volume, Rebekah Farrugia explores a number of important issues, including the politics of identity and representation, the bonds formed by women within the DJ community, and the role female DJs and producers play in this dance music culture as well as in the larger public sphere. Though Farrugia primarily focuses on women's relationship to music-related technologies—including vinyl, mp3s, and digital production software—she also deftly extends her argument to the strategic use of the Internet and web design skills for purposes tied to publicity, networking, and music distribution.

 

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Contents

Gender Technology and Popular Music Cultures
17
Negotiating Identities in an Era of DJ Commodification
35
Networking and Social Capital in Action
65
From San Francisco to Cyberspace to Sister USA
91
Exploring Womens Place in the Production of Electronic Dance Music
115
Are the Tables Turning?
141
Appendix
147
References
151
Index
163
Back Cover
172
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About the author (2012)

Rebekah Farrugia is assistant professor of media studies in the Department of Communication and Journalism at Oakland University. Her writings have appeared in Popular Music and Society, Feminist Media Studies, andthe Journal of Popular Music Studies.

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