This book aims to revisit the notion of subculture for the 21st century, reinterpreting it and extending its scope. On the one hand, the notion of resistance is redefined and applied to contemporary practices of cultural production and entrepreneurship. On the other hand, contributors reconsider the connection of subcultures to everyday culture, exploring more mainstream forms of cultural production and consumption across a wider range of social groups. As a consequence, this book extends the scope to look beyond the white, male, adolescent, urban cultures identified with earlier subcultural studies. Contributors also examine fusions and crossovers between Western and non-Western cultural practices.
Table of Contents
Introduction Alexander Dhoest, Steven Malliet, Barbara Segaert and Jacques Haers 1. Contextualizing the Spectacular Paul Hodkinson Part I: Exploring New Ground 2. Nerds, Geeks, Gamers and Fans: Doing Subculture on the Edge of the Mainstream Benjamin Woo 3. Creative Entrepreneurship in the Cultural Industries: Rhetoric and Realities of Youth Creative Work Miranda Campbell 4. The Influence of Happenings on the Performative Display of Subcultures: Insights into the Beat, Mod, Provo and Hipster Movements Stefan Wouters 5. "Fed Up with Men": Music as Symbolic Resistance in the Flemish Lesbian and Women’s Movement Robbe Herreman, Alexander Dhoest and Bart Eeckhout 6. Why Are All the Gospel Rappers Online?: The Role of Social Media Sites in Building Communities in Buffalo, NY Erika Gault Part II: Revisiting Old Ground 7. Young People on the Edge: A World of Post-Subcultures and Post-Suburbs? Rupa Huq 8. Club Culture in the Cultural Periphery: The Case of Estonia Airi-Alina Allaste 9. "Thank You for Being So Professional!": The 1990s Club Culture as a Vehicle of Entrepreneurialism in the Post-Socialist Context Zuzana Kepplová 10. Respect for the Blood: The Hungarian "Radical Galaxy" and "National Hip Hop" Ágnes Patakfalvi Czirják 11. Communal Utopias within Nature-Based Spiritualities in the Post-Soviet Region: The Visions of an Ideal World among Vissarionites and Anastasians Rasa Pranskevičiūtė
Alexander Dhoest is Associate Professor in Communication Studies at the Catholic University of Antwerp (Belgium). He obtained an MA in Film and Television from the University of Warwick (UK) and a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Leuven, working on television drama and the construction of national identity. He teaches courses on popular culture, audiovisual media and research methods. His research focuses on the significance of popular media culture in relation to social identities. He has published widely on these issues in edited volumes and peer reviewed journals such as Media, Culture & Society, Television and New Media, European Journal of Communication and European Journal of Cultural Studies. He is an active member of communications associations such as ICA and ECREA, and he is a member of the editorial boards of six international journals, including European Journal of Cultural Studies.
Steven Malliet is Assistant Professor at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and at the Luca School or Arts (Belgium). He teaches courses on game design, game psychology, new media and media theory. His research interests include media realism, game theory and history, media effects and character identification. He has published on these topics in such journals as New Media & Society, Cyberpsychology, Behaviour & Social Networks and Communications. He is co-editor of the book Vice City Virtue: Moral Issues in Digital Game Play.
Barbara Segaert holds an MA in Oriental Studies, Islamic Studies and Arab Philology (KU Leuven, Belgium) and an MA in the Social Sciences (Open University, UK). Since 2002 she is scientific coordinator at the University Centre Saint-Ignatius Antwerp where she develops academic programmes on various topics of contemporary relevance to society.
Jacques Haers, SJ, studied mathematics (Catholic University of Leuven), philosophy (Catholic University of Leuven; Hochschule für Philosophie, München), and theology (Catholic University of Leuven; Oxford University). He is a professor of systematic theology and liberation theologies at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies (Catholic University of Leuven), where he also chairs the Centre for Liberation Theologies. He also heads the University Parish at the Catholic University of Leuven.