1st Edition

Subcultures Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies

Edited By Ken Gelder
    1616 Pages
    by Routledge

    Subcultures attract a great deal of interest, both in popular media and in academic work.

    Comprehensive and fascinating, these four volumes represent work on subcultures across several disciplines: cultural history, cultural studies, criminology and sociology. Beginning by looking at accounts of subcultures in sixteenth-century England, the set then presents case studies that contrast work on gangs and graffiti with CCCS work on subcultures. Volume three then follows CCCS work on punks, by turning to music subcultures, and, lastly, the fourth volume highlights five recent trends in subcultural studies - body subcultures, sexed subcultures, fan and micro-media communities, grassroots and ‘neo-pagan’ subcultures, and ‘virtual communities’ and cybercultures.


    Volume 1: subcultural histories

    Editor’s Introduction

    i. rogues, vagabonds and cony-catchers: the ‘Elizabethan Underworld’

    ii. hacks and scribblers: Grub Street and the literary underground

    iii. club life: the Hell-Fire Club, gamblers, brothel-keepers

    iv. Marx and the lumpenproletariat; Mayhew and the ‘wandering tribes’ of London

    v. fashion and modernity: the rise of the dandy.

    Two case studies:

    (1) from the vagabond to the ‘hobo’.

    (2) from the dandy to the zoot-suiter.

    Volume 2: Chicago and Birmingham: sociology and cultural studies

    i. community, ecology, eccentricity: Durkheim, Tonnies and Park

    ii. deviance: criminology, subcultures and ‘adjustment’

    iii. from gangs to beats and hustlers

    iv. working-class subcultures: mods, Teds, punks and girls

    v. style and ‘resistance’

    Two case studies:

    (1) from gangs to skateboarders: using the city

    (2) from punk to post-punk: style and ‘refusal’

    Volume 3: subcultures and music

    i. jazz and the counterculture: from Adorno to Japan

    ii. heavy metal genres, rock communities: case study 1

    iii. disco, romance and discipline: case study 2

    iv. club cultures, ecstasy, utopia

    v. hip hop in the West and the East

    Volume 4: new directions in subcultural studies

    i. body and ‘skin’ subcultures: tattoos, piercing and ‘urban primitives’: case study 1

    ii. sexed subcultures: queer, drag, gay, butch-femme

    iii. hippies, grassroots, New Age Travellers and neo-pagans: community and counterculture

    iv. fan and micro-media subcultures: from fanzines to manga

    v. ‘virtual communities’ and cybercultures: case study 2


    Research Interests
    Genre studies and popular fiction, postcolonial studies, Australian studies, popular cultural studies, 19th century fiction, post-theory literary studies, subcultural studies.

    Current Research
    Global popular fiction project (Large ARC funded) now complete. Second edition of The Subcultures Reader in preparation.

    Recent Publications
    Popular Fiction: The Logics and Practices of a Literary Field (London and New York: Routledge, forthcoming, January 2005)
    - editor, The Horror Reader (London and New York: Routledge, 2000);
    - co-author (with Jane M. Jacobs), Uncanny Australia: Sacredness and Identity in a Postcolonial Nation (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1998);
    - co-editor (with Sarah Thornton), The Subcultures Reader (London and New York: Routledge, 1997);
    Reading the Vampire (London and New York: Routledge, 1994), published in Italian in 1998 as Incontri Col Vampiro (Como: Red Edizione, 1998).
    Atomic Fiction: the Novels of David Ireland (St. Lucia, Queensland, University of Queensland Press, Studies in Australian Literature series, 1993).