Episode 57 – The Anthropology of the Dancefloor

Experiential journalist Rak Razam chats with "radical anthropologist" and global freakologist Graham St John about the evolution and current direction of Global Trance Culture. Originating in the 60s Acid Tests and the legendary Goa beach parties, the archaic revival of psychedelic trance and dance and group mind has blossomed into a cathartic Temporary Autonomous Zone (TAZ) in almost every modern culture across the planet.

Why is this revival of tribality so important, and what human need is fulfilled in the psychic moshpit of the dancefloor? How does an anthropological perspective inform these liminal zones, and does trance culture itself point towards some gestalt consciousness awakening in the species?

Originally aired on: Mar 5, 2012