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Digital diaspora: Effects of the new technological paradigm on contemporary DJ culture.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMK).
2011 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The new technological conditions brought by the digitalization of music have recently had their breakthrough in the world of DJs. From being a culture united under a common use of one technology it has developed into a situation where several possible modes of operation exist. This paper studies the effects of this technological shift on local DJs employing ethnographical methods such as qualitative interviews and participatory observations. Drawing its theoretical lifeblood from the social fields theory of Bourdieu the study makes observations in the material that suggests changes in behavior, values and hierarchies not only affecting practicalities of the culture but also the very foundations of it. The rules and codes associated with vinyl DJing are no longer applicable, thus opening up for new patterns to emerge that aren’t rooted in the physical vinyl record or record store.

            The introduction of new technology is often seen only as a sign of progress. With DJ culture as an example this paper points to the possibility that it also can have disruptive effects on social fields as it can shift the composition of symbolic capital within groups. The material suggests that contemporary DJ culture values different sets of characteristics than the culture of yesterday possibly leaving people previously rich of cultural capital poor in this new context.  

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2011. , 41 p.
Keyword [en]
DJ Culture, Social Field, Technological Shift
National Category
Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-57914OAI: diva2:418398
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2011-06-15 Created: 2011-05-23 Last updated: 2011-06-15Bibliographically approved

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