Festival Cultures: Mapping New Fields in the Arts and Social Sciences

Maria Nita (Editor), Jeremy Kidwell (Editor)

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This book brings together interdisciplinary research from the fields of Anthropology, Sociology, Archaeology, Art, History and Religious Studies, showing the necessity of a transdisciplinary and diachronic approach to examine the last half-century of modern arts and performance festivals. The volume focuses on new theoretical and methodological approaches for the examination of festivals and festival cultures, both the Burning Man festival in Nevada's Black Rock Desert and burner culture in Europe. The editors argue that festival cultures are becoming values-inflected global forms of travel, dwelling, festivity, communication, and social organisation that are transforming contemporary cultures and have significant political capital.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages257
ISBN (Electronic)9783030883928
ISBN (Print)9783030883911, 9783030883942
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2021


  • hippie culture
  • Neo-Nationalism
  • burning man
  • tribes
  • festivals


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