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Rural festivals and processes of belonging

Chapter


Abstract


  • Festival activities lure us in and arouse emotions that have the potential

    to encourage us to be more open with others. We stop for a moment and

    listen, perhaps sing along with performances, smile, talk, buy trinkets, eat

    the local foods, and generally get caught up in the festival moment. Or, at

    times we may feel quite alienated by these events, rejecting the sorts of

    activities and performances we come across, and not wishing to be part of

    these activities, we grimace, cover our eyes and ears and hurry past. At a

    festival, then, any notion or feeling of belonging is most deeply created

    out of the bodily and emotive experiences of being ‘in the groove together’

    (Keil & Feld, 1994: 167). Emotions are activated through festival activities

    that encourage crowd inter-mingling, such as listening to music performances,

    joining in dance, the aromas and tastes of food and other forms of

    shared experiences.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Duffy, M. & Waitt , G. R. (2011). Rural festivals and processes of belonging. In C. Gibson & J. Connell (Eds.), Festival Places: Revitalising Rural Australia (pp. 44-57). United Kingdom: Channel View Publications.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781845411688

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84894862286

Book Title


  • Festival Places: Revitalising Rural Australia

Has Global Citation Frequency


Start Page


  • 44

End Page


  • 57

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Festival activities lure us in and arouse emotions that have the potential

    to encourage us to be more open with others. We stop for a moment and

    listen, perhaps sing along with performances, smile, talk, buy trinkets, eat

    the local foods, and generally get caught up in the festival moment. Or, at

    times we may feel quite alienated by these events, rejecting the sorts of

    activities and performances we come across, and not wishing to be part of

    these activities, we grimace, cover our eyes and ears and hurry past. At a

    festival, then, any notion or feeling of belonging is most deeply created

    out of the bodily and emotive experiences of being ‘in the groove together’

    (Keil & Feld, 1994: 167). Emotions are activated through festival activities

    that encourage crowd inter-mingling, such as listening to music performances,

    joining in dance, the aromas and tastes of food and other forms of

    shared experiences.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Duffy, M. & Waitt , G. R. (2011). Rural festivals and processes of belonging. In C. Gibson & J. Connell (Eds.), Festival Places: Revitalising Rural Australia (pp. 44-57). United Kingdom: Channel View Publications.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781845411688

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84894862286

Book Title


  • Festival Places: Revitalising Rural Australia

Has Global Citation Frequency


Start Page


  • 44

End Page


  • 57

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom