The Culture of White Space, the Radicalized Production of Meaning, and the Jamband Scene
This study critically examines the subculture of the jamband scene, particularly that of the band Phish, through the notion of “white space.” We demonstrate the existence of colorblind racism and denial of white privilege in the white space of Phish subculture, which is also emblematic of the jamband subculture at large. This study utilizes content analysis drawing from social media comments that react to an article written by Headcount, a political organization in the jamband subculture, titled “Phish Scene is So White: Let's Talk.” The most salient themes we found were colorblind racism and particular online forms of colorblind racetalk through emotional deflection and sarcasm—that we term NIMBY. Our findings add to our understanding of how colorblind racism operates in online versions of subcultural white spaces. We conclude by considering the importance of sociologists to urgently map the social and cultural contours by which white spaces are (re)produced, particularly through cultural processes of meaning‐making.
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Brunsma, David L., Nathaniel G. Chapman and Joong Won Kim. 2019. “The Culture of White Space, the Racialized Production of Meaning, and the Jamband Scene.” Sociological Inquiry 90(1):7-29. doi: 10.1111/soin.12313.