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Subcultures looks at the way these features find expression across many different subcultural groups: from the Ranters to the riot grrrls, from taxi dancers to drag queens and kings, from bebop to hip hop, from dandies to punk, from hobos to leatherfolk, and from hippies and bohemians to digital pirates and virtual communities. It argues that subcultural identity is primarily a matter of narrative and narration, which means that the focus is literary as well as sociological. It also argues for the idea of a subcultural geography: that subcultures inhabit places inparticular ways, their investment in them being as much imaginary as real and, in some cases, strikingly utopian.
About the Author:
Ken Gelder is Professor of Literary Studies and Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia