Lord Borthbury <(Address removed)> said:
Natasha Footman <(Address removed)> said:
I'd like to thank everyone who responded and helped out in any way.
Unfortuantely I've had to put aside all my data collected from you all
as I had to focus down onto just a few clubs.
As ever with ethnographic research, results and conclusions depend upon who you speak to. I'd like to see an oppositional view put forward in a dissertation for a change, namely that the dance music scene (now indistinguishable from mainstream city centre nightlife) has become a key income-generating part of the corporate world, and has descended into a site of nihilism, instrumentalism, competition and anxiety, with low wages, job insecurity, and endemic violence. Where I live, there are few nightclubs left, just hundreds of bars playing dance music, a scene that sits at the very centre of economic and regeneration policies that seem to only really benefit the corporate world. As Steve Hall and Simon Winlow suggests in their under-explored ethnographic study entitled "Violent Night: Urban Leisure and Contemporary Culture", there isn't really anything carnivalesque about it anymore.
Scratch the surface and delve beneath the paper-thin, but nevertheless wall-to-wall, veneer of corporate dance music exploitation and immerse oneself in the netherworld of damn good music and fine company. Bring a friend too.
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