Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Tales from the Pit: Moshing in the Metal Scene
by Barker, Joseph M., M.A., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2019, 68; 13814373
Abstract (Summary)

What would become known as Moshing began in the early 1980s in the punk scene. It’s a violent and aggressive form of dancing that can involve flailing, pushing, kicking, and hitting other dancers. Moshing has made headlines in the news when fans have died in these aggressive concerts. However, this aggressive dance also harbors social bonding, a code of ethics, and comradery that give life to concerts.

As moshing spreads to more genres such as rap and electronic dance music, it becomes increasingly important to understand its role and function in live performance. This paper uses neo-tribal theory to analyze site observations and in-depth interviews with moshers to understand how moshers turn the space in a venue into a place for creating meaning and belonging.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Daynes, Sarah
Commitee: Dollar, Cindy Brooks, Kauzlarich, David, Skotnicki, Tad
School: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Department: College of Arts & Sciences: Sociology
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: MAI 81/7(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Sociology, Criminology
Keywords: Metal, Moshing, Mosh pit, Neo-tribal
Publication Number: 13814373
ISBN: 9781392837993
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