Date

2017

Department or Program

Anthropology

Primary Wellesley Thesis Advisor

Justin Armstrong

Abstract

Electronic music, an art form that has existed in dynamic forms since the 1970s, is rapidly moving from the underground to the mainstream all across the globe. It is therefore a phenomenon that deserves significant cultural analysis in various global contexts. Still, there is a dearth of ethnographic explorations of electronic music and art in China. Over the course of three weeks, I conducted anthropological fieldwork in China to better understand the social worlds, aesthetic impulses, and musical philosophies of electronic producers in Beijing to better understand global circuits of cultural exchange, concepts of cultural authenticity, and the fluid concept of “cool.”

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