2nd Edition

Resistance Through Rituals Youth Subcultures in Post-War Britain

Edited By Stuart Hall, Tony Jefferson Copyright 2006
    292 Pages
    by Routledge

    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    Praise for the first edition:

    ‘No one seriously interested in youth mass culture or style can afford to ignore this work.’ - Stanley Cohen, The Times Higher Education Supplement 

    ‘The Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies deserves our gratitude for having begun to locate the real areas of discussion.’ - New Society

    ‘…affords an authoritative perspective of society’s subcultures amongst the young since the war. What it has to say about that legacy of rebellion deserves to be read by all involved with and seeking to understand young people.’ - ILEA Contact

    This revised and expanded edition of Resistance through Rituals includes a new introduction to bring the reader fully up-to-date with the changes that have happened since the work’s first release in the double issue of Working Papers in Cultural Studies in 1975.

    The work of the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at Birmingham has been noted as historically leading the field in new areas of enquiry within the field of cultural studies, and the papers from the Centre are canonical reading for many cultural studies students. This revised edition includes all the original, exceptional papers, and enhances these with the reflections of the editors thirty years after the original publication.

    At a time when youth culture had been widely publicised, but few people understood its significance as one of the most striking and visible manifestations of social and political change, these papers redressed the balance. Looking in detail at the wide range of post-war youth subcultures, from teds, mods and skinheads to black Rastafarians, Resistance through Rituals considers how youth culture reflects and reacts to cultural change.

    This text represents the collective understanding of the leading centre for contemporary culture, and serves to situate some of the most important cultural work of the twentieth century in the new millennium.

    Part 1 Theory I; Chapter 1 Subcultures, Cultures and Class, John Clarke, Stuart Hall, Tony Jefferson, Brian Roberts; Chapter 2 Some Notes on the Relationship between the Societal Control Culture and the News Media, And the Construction of a Law and Order Campaign; Part 2 Ethnography; Chapter 3 Cultural Responses of the Teds, Tony Jefferson; Chapter 4 The Meaning of Mod, Dick Hebdige; Chapter 5 The Skinheads and the Magical Recovery of Community, John Clarke; Chapter 6 Doing Nothing, Paul Corrigan; Chapter 7 The Cultural Meaning of Drug use, Paul E. Willis; Chapter 8 Ethnography through the Looking-Glass, Geoffrey Pearson, John Twohig; Chapter 9 Communes, Colin Webster; Chapter 10 10 Reggae, Rastas and Rudies, Dick Hebdige; Chapter 11 A Strategy for Living, Iain Chambers; Chapter 12 Structures, Cultures, And Biographies, Chas Critcher; Part 3 Theory II; Chapter 13 Style, John Clarke; Chapter 14 Consciousness of Class and Consciousness of Generation, Graham Murdock, Robin McCron; Chapter 15 Girls and Subcultures, Angela McRobbie, Jenny Garber; Chapter 16 A Note on Marginality, Rachel Powell, John Clarke; Chapter 17 The Politics of Youth Culture, Paul Corrigan, Simon Frith; Part 4 Method; Chapter 18 Naturalistic Research into Subcultures and Deviance, Brian Roberts; Chapter 19 The Logic-Of-Enquiry of Part Icipant Observation, Steve Butters;


    Stuart Hall is a cultural theorist who has contributed to key works on media and cultural studies, as well as politics. He was appointed Director of the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham in 1968 and wrote many influential works during his time at the Centre., Tony Jefferson is Professor of Criminology at Keele University and was a contributor to the work of the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham.