Subversive sites: rave culture, spatial politics and the internet in Sydney, Australia

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Summary ‘Rave’ subcultures have emerged over the last ten years in Sydney, mobilizing spatial practices and dance styles that originated in Europe and North America. As these dance cultures diversify and fragment, the internet is increasingly being used as a means of organizing rave activities, publishing information about artists, DJs and record labels, and, in more radicalized fragments of the scene, is imbued with meaning—as a ‘web’ to support illegal appropriations of urban space for dance venues. Hakim Bey's ‘Temporary Autonomous Zone’, a left-anarchist spatial philosophy, underlies this rhetorical use of new computer technology, and is central to debates about youth subcultures, music and space, which I examine throughout this paper.

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