Goth: Identity, Style and Subculture / Edition 1

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Goths represent one of the most arresting, distinctive and enduring subcultures of recent times. Until now, no one has conducted a full-scale ‘insider' study of this fascinating group. This book is the first.Immersing us in the potent mix of identities, practices and values that make up the goth scene, the author takes us behind the façade of the goth mystique. From dress and musical tastes to social habits and the use of the internet, Hodkinson details the inner workings of this intriguing group. Defying postmodern theories that claim media and commerce break down substantive cultural groupings, Hodkinson shows how both have been used by goths to retain, and even strengthen, their group identity. Hodkinson provides a comprehensive reworking of subcultural theory, making a key contribution to the disciplines of sociology, cultural studies, youth studies, media studies, and popular music studies

Author Biography: Paul Hodkinson is Lecturer in Sociology, University College Northampton.

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"I would recommend it as a valuable text that should be included on undergraduate reading lists for courses dealing with fan, music and popular cultures." —Garry Crawford, BSA

"While most of us might have moved swiftly on and started wearing baggy jeans, there remains an enormous goth subculture, which Hodkinson, proud to count himself a part of it, analyses stylishly in this "ethnographic study." —The Guardian

"Engaging." —The Daily Telegraph'

"A scholarly yet accessible text [that] successfully conveys what it means to be a Goth." —Sonic Seducer

"The first major anthropological study of UK Goths is a priceless work. [It is a] fascinating read that I found very difficult to put down." —Kaleidoscope

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859736005
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Series: Dress, Body, Culture Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Lexile: 1530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Hodkinson is a Lecturer in Sociology, at the University of Surrey.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1 From Participant to Researcher 1
2 Reworking Subculture 9
3 Goth as a Subcultural Style 35
4 Insiders and Outsiders 65
5 Events, Friendships and Commitment 85
6 Selling Goth? The Producers of Subcultures 109
7 Buying Goth: Subcultural Shopping 131
8 Communicating Goth: 'Traditional' Media 153
9 Communicating Goth: On-line Media 175
10 Concluding Thoughts 195
App.: Quantitative Questionnaire Results 199
Bibliography 203
Index 215
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