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An Ethnographic Account of North Wales Psyculture

Anderson, Jacqueline (2020) An Ethnographic Account of North Wales Psyculture. Masters thesis, University of Huddersfield.

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Psychedelic trance music culture is a global dance culture based on psychedelic trance electronic dance music that has a large global following. Psyculture is credited with offering insight into spiritual aspects within electronic dance music culture.

There is a gap in research of psychedelic trance culture at a regional level for most countries that would benefit from investigation. This thesis addresses this gap and provides an illustration of psyculture within the UK specifically in North Wales. The research explored participants’ interpretations of the characteristics, beliefs, and experiences of North Wales (NW) psyculture to offer insight and contribute to current research. The qualitative, emic research was based on an autoethnographic reflexive account, fieldnotes, and interviews with participants about their interpretation of global, UK and North Wales psyculture.

The findings suggest that participants believe in the positive effects of involvement in the close-knit NW psyculture community. The findings indicate that within NW psyculture, there is a labyrinth of ambiguities and paradoxes that co-habit in a complementary fashion, revealing a mix of sacred and secular knowledge, experience, intention, and involvement reported by participants.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: psytrance, psyculture, trance, spirituality, dance, belonging, culture
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study
Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
Depositing User: Christine Morelli
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2021 12:31
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 14:22


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