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  1. Psychedelic White: Goa Trance and the Viscosity of Race
    Psychedelic White: Goa Trance and the Viscosity of Race
    Psychedelic White: Goa Trance and the Viscosity of Race
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  2. Psychedelic White: Goa Trance and the Viscosity of Race

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"Psychedelic White is one of the most innovative, refreshingly different analyses of race I have read in the last decade." —Elizabeth Grosz, author of The Nick of Time: Politics, Evolution and the Untimely

The village of Anjuna, located in the coastal Indian state of Goa, has been one of the premier destinations on the global rave scene for nearly two decades. The birthplace of Goa trance, the most psychedelic variety of electronic dance music, Anjuna first attracted adventurous Westerners in the 1970s who were drawn there by its tropical beaches, tolerant locals, and readily available drugs. Today, rave tourists travel to Goa to take part in round-the-clock dance parties and lose themselves in the crowds, the music, and the drugs. But do they really escape where they come from and who they are?

A rich and theoretically sophisticated ethnography, Psychedelic White explains how race plays out in Goa’s white counterculture and grapples with how to make sense of racism when it is not supposed to be there. Goa is a site of particularly revealing forms of interracial collision, and contrary to author Arun Saldanha’s expectations that the nature of rave would create an inclusive atmosphere, he repeatedly witnessed stark segregation between white and Indian tourists. He came to understand race in its creative dimension as a shifting and fuzzy assemblage of practices, environments, sounds, and substances—dance skills, sunlight, conversation, cannabis, and tea. In doing so, his work shows how the rave scene in Goa harbors conflicting tendencies regarding race. The complicated intersection of cultures and phenotypes, Saldanha asserts, helps to consolidate whiteness. Race emerges not through rigid boundaries but rather through what he terms viscosity, the degree to which bodies gather together for pleasure and self-transformation.

Challenging the prevailing conception of racial difference as a purely social construction and offering building on the works of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Psychedelic White presents nothing less than a new materialist approach to race.

Arun Saldanha is assistant professor of geography at the University of Minnesota.

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More than a book about Goa trance and counterculture, the author's incisive analysis productively disrupts stultified social constructionist approaches to the study of race. This is an important achievement, but I gave this book full stars moreover because it is likely the best available demonstration of how to apply Deleuzian philosophy in rigorous social science.

Despite the long standing popularity of Deleuze in philosophy and the humanities, the uptake of his concepts has been inhibited in the social sciences by the radical alterity of Deleuzian immanence. The social sciences' methodological drawing of causal relations between subject and object is difficult, if not impossible, to reconcile with the more fluid and distributed causality of Deleuze's non-identitarian world. Crucially, this ethnography does the work of grounding Deleuze's concepts in the Goa trance scene, and making concepts such as the virtual and viscosity do some incisive analytical work. The author's... Read more
Following a Deleuzian turn in the geography of race, this book provides an interesting philosophical exercise about racial materialism. It starts with the claim that white freaks reject Indian tourists because of their race. Then, upon some sparse anecdotes about the psytrance scene in Goa, the book mostly carries out a heavy reconceptualization of race (by means of Deleuze's concept of viscosity).

Unfortunately, while neglecting Deleuze's alternative concept of chromatic variation, the book's philosophical hypertrophy loses connection with the reality it seeks to examine. People and experiences become largely incidental in the book's argumentation, as critical facts were incredibly overlooked:

1) Psytrance fans reject tourists and authorities *regardless of race* anywhere in the world.

2) "Raving" (ecstatic) experiences usually occur in the absence of any inter-racial conflict, (another point largely misconstrued in the phenomenology of race posed in... Read more
As other readers said this book is too much concentrated on race and related issues, which simplifies the matters. The style of writing is complex and "scientific" (not easy to read). I was not interested in phylosofical issues.

I was primarely interested on clear explanation of current Goa Freaks scene, the way freaks live, the way how they finance themselfs (except drug trade), who should consider to move to Goa and/or somewhere else and other practical information. Some of this thing are mentioned here and there in the book.
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