By Ben Malbon
Delivering an informative and intimate perception into the area of clubbing and the reports of clubbers, this e-book offers a transparent educational framework for learn during this field.
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The practising of sociality requires skills, knowledge and competencies, all of which need to be acquired, regulated and honed, usually through repeated participation within the context of the sociality concerned, and blended into a form of self-administered ‘education’ (Gregson and Crewe, 1997a; 1997b). A sharing of these practices of knowledge acquisition can act to bind groups of disparate individuals, as well as to provide the basis for processes of distinction and the construction of boundaries between social groupings.
Affiliation and a sense of identification are inferred as being almost a matter of course, as openly ‘upfor-grabs’ 24 . As I unpack in more detail in ‘The night out’, the practices of sociality that constitute clubbing provide an empirical texturing to some of Maffesoli’s notions and conceptions. To give some examples: the relatively weak sense of a fixed order in clubbing in no way precludes a strong sense of dynamic orderings (Hetherington, 1997; Law, 1994); the mooted ease with which individuals s u p p o s e d l y m o v e b e t w e e n , a n d e v e n w i t h i n , M a ff e s o l i ’s ‘ n e o - t r i b e s ’ i s challenged; ‘access’ to clubbing crowds is clearly not ‘open to all’; and the idealism and utopianism, which at times taints Maffesoli’s notions of ‘beingtogether’ and ‘puissance’, are problematised and given practical context.
More specifically, this section is about drawing out some of the relationships between notions of stylisation or ‘coolness’ and the practices and negotiations of group belongings and identifications. I develop this interest in belongings and distinctions in exploring three main themes that orbit around these early stages of the night. 37 THE NIGHT OUT First, I explore some of the reasons clubbers give for going clubbing. After discussing this idea of alternate modes of social interaction and illustrating the point through the stories of clubbers, I then develop this exploration through introducing the notions of identifications and belongings.