A Study of Women in Rave Culture: An Insider’s Perspective on Identity and Deviance
In late August 2015 to early September 2015, I came up with the idea to study rave culture. A couple of people my younger sister knows attend raves and I never took much of an interest in them before. It just so happened that during my 4th year course selection in the summer, I decided I wanted to do an independent research project to gain some experience. But of course…you need to have a topic to study. So that is when I thought…what about rave culture? For one I knew practically nothing about it except for things i’ve heard such as “ravers are crazy”, “everyone goes just to do drugs”, and “those girls show too much skin”. I’d also never been to one. I figured it was time to learn something new so my Criminology and Sociology background then came into play. I wondered why this activity was viewed as deviant, why people go to these events, what is with the stereotypes and how people benefit from raves if they do at all? After a while I honed the topic to be about women’s experience in the culture and it took off from there. I stepped out of my comfort zone to study raves which many speak negatively about but have never attended. The study includes a 40 page report and a video. I conducted interviews with 6 women who are active participants in the rave scene, obtained the opinion’s of 3 other women I attended events with on their first experience, and I attended 3 Toronto rave events myself. I never imagined the outcome would be so rewarding. I learned so much being exposed to this different world and I can’t wait to share it with all of you. As of January 2016, the project has been cleared for publishing. So, if you’re interested and if you’re willing to keep an open mind….read on and take a glimpse into my experience as a rave participant!
Below is the link to the full report of the project. Included is: interviews, themes, my personal experiences, first impressions, etc. Hopefully you enjoy the report and that it gives you some insight into what rave culture provides for women!
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