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  • 'Caught in a Mosh': Moshpit Culture, Extreme Metal Music, and the Reconceptualization of Leisure
  • Riches, Gabrielle
  • English
  • moshpit culture
    extreme metal music
  • Jan 19, 2012 12:48 PM
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  • This study explores the ways in which moshing and extreme metal music reflects and informs the social worlds of metal fans. The research project incorporates narrative ethnography which offers the opportunity to explore how underground subcultural practices contribute to our understandings of how violence, pain, and pleasure can be thought with compassion and possibility in leisure. Key concepts such as liminality (Turner, 1979), Dionysian aesthetics (Hawley, 2010; Maffesoli, 1993; Bataille, 1986/1989), and Cagean philosophy (Cage, 1957; Brooks, 2002; Kostelanetz, 1996; Patterson, 2002) are used to examine the nuances and subtleties of moshing culture, practices and behaviours in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Four main themes emerged: the physicality and reality of participating in a moshpit, pit etiquette and movements of trust, negotiation of space within the moshpit, and the significance of moshing for local metal fans. The study accentuated how tensions, pleasures, and resistant practices are necessary in creating meaningful leisure experiences.
  • Master's
  • Master of Arts
  • Physical Education and Recreation
  • Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Spring 2012
  • Dr. Karen Fox (Physical Education and Recreation)
  • Dr. Andie Palmer (Anthropology)
    Dr. Lisa McDermott (Physical Education and Recreation)

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