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Subcultures: The Basics

ISBN 9780415530293
Published December 3, 2013 by Routledge
192 Pages

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Book Description

Subcultures: The Basics is an accessible, engaging introduction to youth cultures in a global context. Blending theory and practice to examine a range of subcultural movements including hip hop in Japan, global graffiti writing crews, heavy metal in Europe and straight edge movements in the USA, this text answers the key questions posed by those new to the subject, including:

  • What is a subculture?
  • How do subcultures emerge, who participates and why?
  • What is the relationship between deviance, resistance and the ‘mainstream’?
  • How does society react to different subcultural movements?
  • How has global media and virtual networking influenced subcultures?
  • Is there a life ‘after’ subculture?

Tracing the history and development of subcultures to the present day, with further reading and case studies throughout, this text is essential reading for all those studying youth culture in the contexts of sociology, cultural studies, media studies, anthropology and criminology.

Table of Contents

Introduction – What is a Subculture?  1. Why do people participate in subcultures? How do subcultures emerge?  2. How do subcultures resist "mainstream" society … and are they successful?  3. Who Participates in Subcultures?  4. Who are the ‘authentic’ participants and who are the ‘poseurs’?  5. How does society react to subcultures?  6. Have subcultures gone virtual? Global?  7. What happens in life after subculture? Do adults participate in subcultures?  Conclusion

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Ross Haenfler is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Mississippi, USA. He teaches a wide range of courses on subcultures, and his research interests revolve around youth cultures, gender, and how people pursue social change in their daily lives. He has written numerous books on the subject of subcultures, and in 2009 was awarded College of Liberal Arts Teacher of the Year.


'It serves as a helpful introduction to a range of subcultural movements and touches on the way that social media affect subcultures and their growth. Anyone wanting to relate to youth cultures and anyone looking for interesting topics to research will find this book invaluable. Summing Up: Recommended.' - D. J. Turner, Auraria Library, CHOICE