Club Cultures: Music, Media, and Subcultural Capital / Edition 1

Club Cultures: Music, Media, and Subcultural Capital / Edition 1

by Sarah Thornton
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0819562971

ISBN-13: 9780819562975

Pub. Date: 03/08/1996

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

Focusing on youth cultures that revolve around dance clubs and raves in Great Britain and the U.S., Sarah Thornton highlights the values of authenticity and hipness and explores the complex hierarchies that emerge within the domain of popular culture. She portrays club cultures as "taste cultures" brought together by micro-media like flyers and listings,

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Focusing on youth cultures that revolve around dance clubs and raves in Great Britain and the U.S., Sarah Thornton highlights the values of authenticity and hipness and explores the complex hierarchies that emerge within the domain of popular culture. She portrays club cultures as "taste cultures" brought together by micro-media like flyers and listings, transformed into self-conscious "subcultures" by such niche media as the music and style press, and sometimes recast as "movements" with the aid of such mass media as tabloid newspaper front pages. She also traces changes in the recording medium from a marginal entertainment in the 50s to the clubs and raves of the 90s.

Drawing on the work of Pierre Bourdieu, Thornton coins the term "subcultural capital" to make sense of distinctions made by "cool" youth, noting particularly their disparagement of the "mainstream" against which they measure their alternative cultural worth. Well supported with case studies, readable, and innovative, Club Cultures will become a key text in cultural and media studies and in the sociology of culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819562975
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
03/08/1996
Series:
Music Culture
Edition description:
1st U.S. Edition
Pages:
201
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates
List of Figures
Acknowledgments
1. The Distinctions of Cultures Without Distinction
Introduction
Youth and their Social Spaces
2. Authenticities from Record Hops to Raves (and the History of Disc Culture)
The Authentication of a Mass Media
Industrial Forces, Musician Resistance and ‘Live’ Ideology
‘Real’ Events and Altered Spaces
The Authentication of Dance Genres
The Resp0nse of the ‘Live’ Gig
Conclusion
3. Exploring the meaning of the Mainstream (or why Sharon and Tracy Dance around their Handbags)
A night of Research
Academic Accounts of the Cultural Organization of Youth
The Social Logic of Subcultural Capital
Participation versus Observation of Dance Crowds Conclusion
4. The Media Development of ‘Subcultures’ (or the Sensational Story of ‘Acid House’)
The Underground versus the Overexposed
Mass Media: ‘Selling Out’ and ‘Moral Panic’
Micro-Media: Flyers, Listings, Fanzines, Pirates nice Media: the Editorial Search for Subcultures
Conclusion
Afterword
Bibliography
Index

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