The Subcultural Imagination discusses young adults in subcultures and examines how sociologists use qualitative research methods to study them. Through the application of the ideas of C. Wright Mills to the development of theory-reflexive ethnography, this book analyses the experiences of young people in different subcultural settings, as well as reflecting on how young people in subcultures interact in the wider context of society, biography and history. From Cuba to London, and Bulgaria to Asia, this book delves into urban spaces and street corners, young people’s parties, gigs, BDSM fetish clubs, school, the home, and feminist zines to offer a picture of live sociology in practice. In three parts, the volume explores:
The book offers cutting edge theory and rich empirical research on social class, gender and ethnicities from both established and new researchers across diverse disciplinary backgrounds. It moves the subcultural debate beyond the impasse of the term’s relevance, to one where researchers are fully engaged with the lives of the subcultural subjects. This innovative edited collection will appeal to scholars and students in the areas of sociology, youth studies, media and cultural studies/communication, research methods and ethnography, popular music studies, criminology, politics, social and cultural theory, and gender studies.
Introduction: The Social Imagination – Towards the Subcultural Subject by Shane Blackman and Michelle Kempson Part I: History, Biography and Subculture 1. From Here to Modernity: Rethinking the Youth Question with C Wright Mills by Phil Cohen 2. Subcultural and Post-Subcultural Compatibility: The Case of Cuban Underground Rap by Eleni Dimou 3. From Bad to Worse? Marginalised Youth and ‘Road Life’ (Mis)Representations and Realities by Anthony Gunter Part II: Practising Reflexivity in the Field 4. The Emotional Imagination: Exploring Critical Ventriloquy and Emotional Edgework in Reflexive Sociological Ethnography with Young People by Shane Blackman 5. Rachela through the Looking Glass: Researching the Occupational Subculture of Lap-Dancers by Rachela Colosi 6. ‘Biography in the Laboratory’: Applying the Chicago School Approach to Dual Researcher Positionality within the Night-Time Economy by Robert Mcpherson 7. Temporary Reflexive Disempowerment: Working through Fieldwork Ethnography and Its Impact on a Female Researcher by Gemma Commane Part III: Epistemologies, Pedagogies and the Subcultural Subject 8. Understanding Nightlife Identities and Divisions through the Subculture/ Post-Subculture Debate by Robert Hollands 9. Feminism, Subculture and the Production of Knowledge: Developing Intersectional Epistemologies amidst the Reflexive Turn by Michelle Kempson 10. Bulgarian Post-Transitional Subcultures: Insider Ethnographic Research of the Underground Scene by Virhra Barova 11. Connecting Personal Troubles and Public Issues in Asian Subculture Studies by Patrick Williams 12. Conclusion: C. Wright Mills, the ‘Subcultural’ Imagination, Reflexivity and the Subcultural Subject by Shane Blackman and Michelle Kempson
The Youth, Young Adulthood and Society series approaches youth as a distinct area, bringing together social scientists from many disciplines to present cutting-edge research monographs and collections on young people in societies around the world today. The books present original, exciting research, with strongly theoretically- and empirically-grounded analysis, advancing the field of youth studies. Originally set up and edited by Andy Furlong, the series presents interdisciplinary and truly international, comparative research monographs.
Contacts for the series:
Professor Tracy Shildrick: [email protected]
Professor John Goodwin: [email protected]
Professor Henrietta O'Connor: [email protected]
Emily Briggs at Routledge: [email protected]