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Sexual Inequalities and Social Justice$
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Niels Teunis and Gilbert Herdt

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520246140

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520246140.001.0001

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Circuit Culture: Ethnographic Reflections on Inequality, Sexuality, and Life on the Gay Party Circuit

Circuit Culture: Ethnographic Reflections on Inequality, Sexuality, and Life on the Gay Party Circuit

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(p.123) Chapter 6 Circuit Culture: Ethnographic Reflections on Inequality, Sexuality, and Life on the Gay Party Circuit
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Sexual Inequalities and Social Justice
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Christopher Carrington

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520246140.003.0007

Circuits refer to an annual, multiple day long event that draws party enthusiasts, domestic and international, every year. Elements such as signature types of music, emission of a collective energy, trippy laser lightings etc constitute the infectious magnetism that the circuit culture emits. Circuits have mushroomed all over the North Americas and large swathes of Europe. Given the high sexual and liberal undertones of circuits, such gatherings have become ideal spaces for voluntary gay exposures and interactions. Such practices have drawn sharp criticism from the gay conservatives who detest the idea of a construction of gay identity at such events. While most researches highlight the hazards, norm violations, and political costs connected to circuits, few take serious cognizance of the experiences and perspectives of the circuit participants themselves. Such biases only increase the gap between research assumptions and actual subjectivity of circuit enthusiasts.

Keywords:   circuit, gay conservatives, norm violations, political costs, experience

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