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Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies (BA)
This project examines the contradictions embedded in the stated goals and organizational structure of Burning Man. Burning Man is something that is portrayed as positive in an alternative community; but in reality has its own hegemony and hierarchical bureaucracy. Through a discourse analysis and participant observation, this project shows that the ideologies of the culture are partially liberatory while most other aspects of Burning Man are hegemonic. The social contradictions of Burning Man are pointed out through employing theories of ideology, hegemony, place and space, heteronormativity, and subculture theory.
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Rothman, Shelby Anne, "Paradox on the Playa: Uncovering the Contradictions Embedded in Burning Man" (2013). Cultural Studies Capstone Papers. 3.