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Consumption, Leisure and “Doof” Neo-Tribes in the Byron Shire

  • Antonia Canosa


This chapter explores the consumption patterns and leisure pursuits of young people residing in the popular Australian tourist destination of Byron Shire. Based on ethnographic fieldwork, I argue that the various migratory trends and socio-cultural fabric of the region have created images of a “laidback”, “hippy” and “fun” environment conducive to particular forms of entertainment–rave or “doof” parties being one such choice among young people. This chapter focuses on the important function that doof neo-tribes play among young residents, including the symbolic and political meanings attached to the non-conformist consumption choices made by these youth in the face of a heavily regulated night-time tourism economy. Doof neo-tribes thus function as landscapes of a shared identity and foster young locals’ need for belonging and communitas.


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  • Antonia Canosa
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  1. 1.Southern Cross UniversityLismoreAustralia

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