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The fierce tribe : masculine identity and performance in the Circuit

Author: Mickey Weems
Publisher: Logan, Utah : Utah State University Press, ©2008.
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"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 dunce events - gatherings, celebrations, communions, festivals. Music and dance drive complex, shared performances - electronic house music played by  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Weems, Mickey.
Fierce tribe.
Logan, Utah : Utah State University Press, ©2008
(OCoLC)777014837
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mickey Weems
ISBN: 9780874216912 0874216915 9780874216929 0874216923
OCLC Number: 244065181
Description: xxiii, 272 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: fascists and whores --
pt. I. Fierce: --
Banishing the God of mediocrity --
The few, the proud, the cracked --
Thousands of dancing gay men --
Fierceness --
The girlfriends --
Harm reduction --
pt. 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 --
pt. III. Pulse: Popular dance --
Axé --
From marching soldier to dancing Queen --
PART IV ecstasy --
The DJ --
Stepping out.
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"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 dunce 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 a sense of 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 bath 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 Candomble 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."--book jacket.

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