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Subcultures: The Basics

By Ross Haenfler

© 2014 – Routledge

180 pages

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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.


'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

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

About the Author

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.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

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