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Beyond Subculture
Pop, Youth and Identity in a Postcolonial World

ISBN 9780415278157
Published May 16, 2006 by Routledge
228 Pages

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Book Description

Presenting a new approach to the study of youth culture and popular music, Beyond Subculture re-examines the link between music and subcultures and asks the question; in an ageing world, can pop music still be an automatic metaphor for youth culture?

Using case studies and first-hand interviews with consumer and producers including Noel Gallagher and Talvin Singh, Rupa Huq investigates a series of musically-centred global youth cultures including hip-hop, electronic dance music and bhangra.

With ‘Generation X’ becoming an increasingly redundant term, this book will help students redefine their ideas of youth culture and will be an invaluable addition to their studies.

Table of Contents

1. Rethinking Subcultures: a critique for the 21st century

2. Age and culture: Diversifying discourses beyond subculture

3. Theorising youth pop music meanings, production and consumptiopn beyond subcultures

4. World in motion: Bhangra, post-bhangra and Rai as second generation sounds in inauthentic times

5. Deconstructing difference in dance music: subculture and club culture at the turn of the century

6. Selling, selling out or resisting dominant discourses? Rap and the uses of hip hop culture

7. White noise: identity and nation in grunge, Britpop and beyond

8. Conclusion: rethinking youth and pop beyond subculture

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Rupa Huq is Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at Kingston University.