An Exploratory Study of Rave Subculture

Ryan Gaughan Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Kenneth Colburn Butler University
This study seeks to understand contemporary rave subculture and how it has developed over the recent past. In a book titled Trance Formation: The Spiritual and Religious Dimensions of Global Rave Culture, rave experiences are described as “this sense of this total union with everything in the universe, with everyone that was there, with everyone that was not there, with everything in the world.”  My exploratory research study seeks to learn more about the primary reasons that people attend these events and what they hope to get out of them, as well as more about the people themselves. I conduct in-depth interviews with a convenience sample of males and females between the ages of 18 and 30 who attend rave concerts to learn more about the experiences that these attendees have had at these events as well as their views on how the subculture draws such a devoted crowd. The interview is semi-structured and consists of eleven open-ended questions, along with probing questions when necessary. Each interview takes approximately 30-40 minutes and responses to the interview are audio-recorded. I share  my findings and conclusions about rave culture participants.
Oral Presentation

When & Where

09:00 AM
Jordan Hall 203