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Youth entertainment in Croatia: Behind the scenes of summer music festivals


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Šimanović, Tia. (2015). Youth entertainment in Croatia: Behind the scenes of summer music festivals. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Chair of Anthropology
Department of Pedagogy. [mentor Hornstein Tomić, Caroline and Spajić-Vrkaš, Vedrana].

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Erving Goffman presented a sociological analysis of the relationship between a performance and life in his book The presentation of self in everyday life. I decided to link his view to Croatian youth, music they listen to and a phenomenon of music festivals. According to Goffman, performance refers to all the activity of an individual which occurs during a period marked by his continuous presence before a particular set of observers which has some influence on them (Goffman, 1959:22). Using this definition to try to anthropologically deconstruct a festival, clash the impression of a visitor with the one of an employee at such a venue and emphasize the importance of such phenomena among young people in Croatia, while relating it to a plethora of topics and issues adolescents face during their youth and growing up period, will be the main point of this thesis. Being liminal, neither here nor there, betwixt and between the positions assigned and arrayed by law, custom, convention and ceremonial (Turner, 1969:95) is the term that perfectly reflects both conditions: the maturation phase as well as working on a festival. On a more convoluted level, festivals reflect the individual’s state of mind and mirror the person’s internal struggles – similar to those every adolescent goes through during the period of transition from childhood into adulthood.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: youth, interests and values, music festivals, subcultures, free time
Subjects: Ethnology and cultural anthropology
Departments: Chair of Anthropology
Department of Pedagogy
Supervisor: Hornstein Tomić, Caroline and Spajić-Vrkaš, Vedrana
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2017 14:03
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2017 14:03

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