Dept of Sociology University of Delaware
Right Side

Tammy L. Anderson, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
University of Delaware

Today, U.S. cities, like Philadelphia, serve as night-time playgrounds for young adults from diverse backgrounds. Nationally, at least two club-based subcultures have emerged in what is now called the “urban corporate entertainment industry:” the hip hop/rap (HH) scene and the electronic dance music (EDM) scene. While both have brought much needed revenue to the city, they have also posed some significant issues and problems.

The objective of the Philadelphia Club Culture project is to explore how the cultural vibe, norms, behaviors, and characteristics of club-goers in the electronic dance music (EDM- trance, house, and techno music) and the hip hop/rap (HH) scenes impact today’s clubbing experience in Philadelphia. Our study takes a look at the pros and cons of clubbing from the clubber’s perspective. We’ll talk about things like the benefits of clubbing (stress reduction, leisure and friendships), as well as complications with alcohol, drugs, and physical and mental harm.

Findings from the study will appear in academic and popular press books and articles, and in various electronic outlets (e.g., websites and flash presentations) for more widespread dissemination to professionals and the general public.

Participation is open to all club-goers in Philadelphia, who are 21 years of age and older. It includes granting a face-to-face interview and completion of follow-up surveys with project staff. All participants receive gifts for their involvement in the study. The study will enroll a total of 50 people from diverse backgrounds.
To participate yourself, please contact Tammy L. Anderson, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. or 302-494-7073.  Dr. Anderson is the Principal Investigator of the Philadelphia Club Culture Project.  

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