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Circuit Culture: Ethnographic Reflections on Inequality, Sexuality, and Life on the Gay Party Circuit

Christopher Carrington

in Sexual Inequalities and Social Justice

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780520246140
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939141 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520246140.003.0007
Circuit Culture: Ethnographic Reflections on Inequality, Sexuality, and Life on the Gay Party Circuit

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Circuits refer to an annual, multiple day long event that draws party enthusiasts, domestic and international, every year. Elements such as signature types of music, emission of a collective energy, trippy laser lightings etc constitute the infectious magnetism that the circuit culture emits. Circuits have mushroomed all over the North Americas and large swathes of Europe. Given the high sexual and liberal undertones of circuits, such gatherings have become ideal spaces for voluntary gay exposures and interactions. Such practices have drawn sharp criticism from the gay conservatives who detest the idea of a construction of gay identity at such events. While most researches highlight the hazards, norm violations, and political costs connected to circuits, few take serious cognizance of the experiences and perspectives of the circuit participants themselves. Such biases only increase the gap between research assumptions and actual subjectivity of circuit enthusiasts.

Keywords: circuit; gay conservatives; norm violations; political costs; experience

Chapter.  10764 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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