Festivals are here to have fun... carnivals are specifically for black crowds : a critical comparative study of UK festivals and carnivals

DeCambré, Devina (2016) Festivals are here to have fun... carnivals are specifically for black crowds : a critical comparative study of UK festivals and carnivals. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This study critically compares carnival and festival events in order to establish whether sub-cultures remain significant within this setting; whether carnivals and festivals continue to experience moral panics, and whether or not reactions to carnivals are racialised in comparison to festivals. A review of existing literature was carried out and I adopted a combination of three research methods to achieve these aims, which included participant observation, a media analysis and focus group consisting of five female participants. It was established that race concurred with sub-cultural themes, with black attendees and Caribbean culture being associated with carnival events and white attendees and Hippie culture being associated with festival events. Using Becker’s labelling theory of deviance, the study finds festival and carnival attendees exhibit similar deviant behaviours that may be influenced by sub-cultural values. Most importantly it appears that the labelling of attendees as deviant is the motivation of moral panics for carnival events as opposed to festival events.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2016 14:20
    Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:20
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22284

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