Subculture/Counterculture of Raves

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Sami Piper
Kelly Davis
Sociology 100
10 October 2011
Raves and Ecstasy Rave. What does one think of the word rave? Does ranting and raving come to mind as a way of communication or does flashing lights, dance music, and the use of drugs come to mind? If the youth of society were to be asked this question, every single of one of them would refer the word rave as a party filled with dance music and ecstasy. This youth movement has evolved into an electronic music subculture known as rave (Morris 1). A subculture is a separate world within the larger dominant culture that has the same values of the dominant culture but is different enough to be classified as a subculture (Henslin 46). The rave subculture can be also be classified as
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They will arrest and criminally prosecute rave promoters and mangers for ultimately making raves readily available for the use of ecstasy (Karden 99). Rave promoters and managers are also at blame for making the rave environment suitable for ecstasy users by selling things like pacifiers, light sticks, and Vicks vapor rub (Kraden 99). Ecstasy users use these types of things to enhance their high throughout the night. Rave promotors are well aware that pacifiers signify ecstasy use at a rave and these promotors are going to be the ones at fault for providing a space knowing ecstasy use will occur. The rave culture is the product of ecstasy. The reasoning behind all the norms of this counterculture is ecstasy. Even if some rave goers are not using ecstasy, the environment at a rave that results from ecstasy use can be jus as much considered deviant as actually taking ecstasy (Tackaberry 1). Although ecstasy produces a congenial and compassionate state of mind, it also causes a a heightened sense of sexual pleasure (Hess). Therefore, the user might be willing to get intimate with anyone, girl or guy. According to society, having sexual intercourse with out love is considered deviant and it is considered even more deviant to partake in same sex intercourse. At a rave many delinquents can be seen partaking in sexual acts on the dance floor, in the bathrooms, or even in corners. Another act of deviance that can be witnessed at a rave is nudity.

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