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Lifestyles and Subcultures

History and a New Perspective, 1st Edition

By Luigi Berzano, Carlo Genova


218 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Lifestyles and subcultures are tools through which people say – to themselves and to others – who they think they are, who they think they are similar to, and who they think they are different from. Lifestyles and subcultures are ways which people adopt to look at their own lives, and to try to keep together different roles, different practices and different realms which they are involved in. Lifestyles and subcultures are lenses through which we, as observers, analyze society, and orientate ourselves within it, looking for similarities and differences among individuals and collectivities which allow us to understand their thoughts and their actions.

This book presents the main analytical approaches through which lifestyles and subcultures have been studied, and also proposes a new interpretative perspective. Today a growing panorama of social phenomena and processes possess intermediate characteristics with regard to those which in the past were identified either as lifestyles or as subcultures. The hypothesis is that consequently these phenomena could be explained and interpreted by means of an analytical framework developed by the intersection of these two perspectives, and the last part of the book is therefore devoted to the presentation of this innovative framework. This book provides new lenses and a fresh view to try to both grasp and understand a constantly-changing reality.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: The Tradition of Lifestyles Study 1. Lifestyles and Social Position 2. Lifestyles and Thought 3. Lifestyles and Action 4. Beyond Lifestyles Part 2: The Tradition of Subcultures Study 5. Subcultures and Deviance 6. Subcultures and Resistance 7. Subcultures and Distinction 8. Beyond Subcultures Part 3: Towards a New Sociology of Lifestyles 9. A New Concept of Lifestyle 10. Analytical Model and Methodology

About the Authors

Luigi Berzano is Full Professor of the Sociology of Culture at the University of Turin.

Carlo Genova is Assistant Professor of the Sociology of Culture at the University of Turin.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Sociology

This series presents cutting-edge developments and debates within the field of sociology. It provides a broad range of case studies and the latest theoretical perspectives, while covering a variety of topics, theories and issues from around the world. It is not confined to any particular school of thought.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General