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Beyond the Dance Floor

Female DJs, Technology and Electronic Dance Music Culture

A pathbreaking study of the women who create electronic dance music, Beyond the Dance Floor focuses on the largely neglected relationship between these women and the conceptions of gender and technology that continue to inform the male-dominated culture surrounding electronic music. In this volume, Rebekah Farrugia explores a number of important issues, including the politics of identity and representation, the bonds formed by women within the DJ community, and the role female DJs and producers play in this dance music culture as well as in the larger public sphere.
Though Farrugia primarily focuses on women’s relationship to music-related technologies—including vinyl, mp3s, and digital production software—she also deftly extends her argument to the strategic use of the Internet and web design skills for purposes tied to publicity, networking, and music distribution.

171 pages | 10 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2012

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Table of Contents

List of Figures

1. Critical Connections: Gender, Technology and Popular Music Cultures
2. Sex Kittens, T-Shirt DJs and Dykes: Negotiating Identities in an Era of DJ Commodification
3. Potlucks, Listservs and E-Zines: Networking and Social Capital in Action
4. Building a Women-Centred DJ collective: From San Francisco to Cyberspace to Sister USA
5. Producing Producers: Exploring Women’s Place in the Production of Electronic Dance Music

Conclusion: Are the Tables Turning?

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