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Ageing and Youth Cultures
Music, Style and Identity

ISBN 9781847888358
Published September 1, 2012 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

What happens to punks, clubbers, goths, riot grrls, soulies, break-dancers and queer scene participants as they become older? For decades, research on spectacular 'youth cultures' has understood such groups as adolescent phenomena and assumed that involvement ceases with the onset of adulthood. In an age of increasingly complex life trajectories, Ageing and Youth Cultures is the first anthology to challenge such thinking by examining the lives of those who continue to participate into adulthood and middle-age. Showcasing a range of original research case studies from across the globe, the chapters explore how participants reconcile their continuing involvement with ageing bodies, older identities and adult responsibilities. Breaking new ground and establishing a new field of study, the book will be essential reading for students and scholars researching or studying questions of youth, fashion, popular music and identity across a wide range of disciplines.

Table of Contents

IntroductionAgeing and Youth Cultures, Andy Bennett, Griffith University and Paul Hodkinson, University of Surrey, UKPart One: Ageing, Image and Identity'More than the Xs on my Hands': Older Straight Edgers and The Meaning of Style, Ross Haenfler, University of Mississippi, USAPerformances of Post-Youth Sexual Identities in Queer Scenes, Jodie Taylor, Griffith University, AustraliaAgeing Rave Women's Post-Scene Narratives, Julie Gregory, Queen's University, CanadaPart Two: Constraints of the Ageing Body'Each One Teach One': B-Boying and Ageing, Mary Fogarty, York University Toronto, CanadaSlamdancing, Ageing and Belonging, William Tsitos, University of Arizona, USARock Fans' Experiences of the Ageing Body: Becoming More Civilized, Lucy Gibson, University of Manchester, UKPart Three: Resources and ResponsibilitiesDance Parties, Lifestyle and Strategies for Ageing, Andy Bennett, Griffith University, AustraliaPunk, Ageing and the Expectations of Adult Life, Joanna Davis, University of California, Santa Barbara, USAAlternative Women Adjusting to Ageing: How to Stay a Freak at Fifty, Samantha Holland, Leeds Metropolitan University, UKPart Four: Ageing CommunityThe Collective Ageing of a Goth Festival, Paul Hodkinson, University of Surrey, UKStrong Riot Women and the Continuity of Feminist Subcultural Participation, Kristen Schilt, University of Chicago, USA and Danielle Giffort, University of Illinois at Chicago, USAParenthood and the Transfer of Subcultural Capital in the Northern Soul Scene, Nicola Smith, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, UKBibliographyIndex

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Andy Bennett is Director of the Centre for Public Culture and Ideas at Griffith University.Paul Hodkinson is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Surrey.


"This book brings forth some new avenues for studying youth cultures (and subcultures) within emerging fields such as Postyouth Studies, Dance Studies, and other original intersections. Graduate students studying popular music, cultural studies, sociology, and youth studies will appreciate its questionings and conceptualisation about the practices and the (sometimes unusual) representations of age and ageing persons, mostly from the ‘‘X’’ Generation, in various contexts. - International Journal of Ageing and Later Life - Yves Laberge The book sets the tone for an emerging social system, distinctive in its acceptance and re-accommodating of age within youth culture, and provides a framework for further research - Anthropological Notebooks - David Lorbiecke, Tallinn University, Estonia Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. - CHOICE - D.S. Carr, Rutgers University Mentioned - Anthropological Notebooks"