Global Tribe - Technology, Spirituality and Psytrance - Graham St John

Global Tribe - Technology, Spirituality and Psytrance - Graham St John

Psyculture in Israel and Australia

Global Tribe - Technology, Spirituality and Psytrance - Graham St John

Graham St John [+-]
Griffith University
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Graham St John is the author of several books including Global Tribe: Technology, Spirituality and Psytrance (2012), Technomad: Global Raving Countercultures (2009) and the edited collections The Local Scenes and Global Culture of Psytrance (2010), Victor Turner and Contemporary Cultural Performance (2008), Rave Culture and Religion (2004) and FreeNRG: Notes From the Edge of the Dance Floor (2001). He is Adjunct Research Fellow at Griffith University and is Executive Editor of Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture.


In Chapter 7 I pay attention to two national scene developments. Comparison of global psyculture in Israel and Australia serves to demonstrate the diversity of post-Goa culture as it became translated in countries with disparate cultural, historical and geographical conditions. These examples show how aspects of Goa/psytrance have been pressed into the service of religious, spiritual and intellectual agendas in the respective regions, and how national and cultural climates have shaped a mix of agendas, from the rebellious to the proactive. While no singular narrative prevails, amid the carnivalesque noise of psyculture, the dance floor is the ultimate grounds for a religious experience recognized by participants across these diverse national scenes.

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St John, Graham. Psyculture in Israel and Australia. Global Tribe - Technology, Spirituality and Psytrance. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 233-263 Nov 2012. ISBN 9781845539566. Date accessed: 23 Aug 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.20091. Nov 2012

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