The Subcultures Reader / Edition 2

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This revised and updated edition of a hugely successful book brings together the most valuable and stimulating writings on subcultures, from the early work of the Chicago School on ‘deviant’social groups to the present day reasearch and theories.

This new edition features a wide range of articles from some of the biggest names in the field including Dick Hebdige, Paul Gilroy and Stanley Cohen, and expertly combines contemporary essays and critique with classic and canonical texts on subcultures.

Examining an eclectic array of subcultures, from New Age travellers, to comic book fans, The Reader looks at how they are defined through their social position, styles, sexuality, politics and their music, and this new edition gives expression to the diversity of subcultural identifications, from scenes and ‘tribes’ to the ‘global underground’.

With specially selected articles, grouped sections, editors introductions and a general introduction which maps out the field, it gives students and teachers of cultural studies an invaluable study aid.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415344166
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/1/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Gelder is a Reader in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne. His books include Reading the Vampire (1994) and, with Jane M. Jacobs, Uncanny Australia: Sacredness and Identity in a Postcolonial Nation (1998). He is also editor of The Horror Reader (2000). His new book, Popular Fiction: The Logics and Practices of a Literary Field, will be published by Routledge in December 2004.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to Subcultural Studies, Part One The Chicago School and urban ethnography, Introduction: Ken Gelder, 1 Robert E. Park, 'The City: Suggestions for the Investigation of Human Behaviour in the Urban Environment' (1925), 2 Paul G. Cressey, 'The Life-Cycle of the Taxi-Dancer' (1932), 3 Milton M. Gordon, 'The Concept of a Sub-Culture and its Application' (1947), 4 Albert K. Cohen, 'A General Theory of Subcultures' (1955), 5 Ned Polsky, 'Research Method, Morality and Criminology' (1967), 6 John Irwin, 'Notes on the Status of the Concept Subculture' (1970), Part Two The Birmingham Tradition and cultural studies, Introduction: Ken Gelder
7 Phil Cohen, 'Subcultural Conflict and Working-Class Community' (1972), 8 John Clarke, Stuart Hall, Tony Jefferson and Brian Roberts, 'Subcultures: Cultures and Class' (1975), 9 Angela McRobbie and Jenny Garber, 'Girls and Subcultures' (1975), 10 Paul E. Willis, 'Culture, Institution, Differentiation' (1977), 11 Dick Hebdige, 'Subculture: The Meaning of Style' (1979), 12 Angela McRobbie, 'Second-Hand Dresses and the Role of the Ragmarket' (1989), Part Three Critiques and Alternatives, Introduction: Ken Gelder, 13 Jock Young, 'The Subterranean World of Play' (1971), 14 Stanley Cohen, 'Symbols of Trouble' (1980), 15 Gary Clarke, 'Defending Ski-Jumpers' (1981), 16 Andrew Tolson, 'Social Surveillance and Subjectification' (1990), 17 Sarah Thornton, 'The Social Logic of Subcultural Capital' (1995), 18 Michel Maffesoli, 'The Emotional Community' (1996), Part Four Occupying Territories, Introduction: Ken Gelder, 19 Frederic M. Thrasher, 'Gangland' (1927), 20 William Foote Whyte, 'The Problem of Cornerville' (1943), 21 Erving Goffman, 'Hospital Underlife: Places' (1961), 22 Peter Marsh, Elizabeth Rosser and Rom Harré, 'Life on the Terraces' (1978), 23 Kevin Hetherington, 'Blank Figures in the Countryside' (2000), 24 Iain Borden, 'Performing the City' (2001) Part Five Style, Identity, Politics, Introduction: Ken Gelder, 25 Ralph H. Turner and Samuel J. Surace, 'Zoot-Suiters and Mexicans' (1956), 26 T. R. Fyvel, 'Fashion and Revolt' (1963), 27 Dick Hebdige, 'Posing...Threats, Striking...Poses' (1983), 28 Kobena Mercer, 'Black Hair/Style Politics' (1987), 29 Nancy Macdonald, 'Making a World of Difference: The Personal Benefits of Subcultural Membership' (2001), 30 Michael Atkinson, 'Tattoo Enthusiasts: Subculture or Figuration?' (2003), Part Six Sexed Subjects, Introduction: Ken Gelder, 31 Laud Humphreys, 'The Sociologist as Voyeur' (1970), 32 Douglas Crimp with Adam Rolston, 'AIDS Activist Graphics' (1990), 33 Murray Healy, 'Getting Harder: Skinheads and Homosexuals' (1996), 34 Marcia Ian, 'When is a Body Not a Body? When it's a Building' (1996), 35 Judith Halberstam, 'Drag Kings: Masculinity and Performance' (1998), 36 Clare Hemmings, 'Waiting For No Man: bisexual femme subjectivity and cultural repudiation' (1998), Part Seven Scenes of Music, Introduction: Ken Gelder, 37 Howard Becker, 'The Culture of a Deviant Group: The Dance Musician' (1963), 38 Dave Laing, 'Listening to Punk' (1985), 39 Paul Gilroy, 'Diaspora, Utopia and the Critique of Capitalism' (1987), 40 Will Straw, 'Communities and Scenes in Popular Music' (1991), 41 James Farrer, 'Disco "Super-Culture": consuming foreign sex in the Chinese disco' (1999), 42 Ben Malbon, 'Moments of Ecstasy' (2001), Part Eight Mediated, Global, Virtual, Introduction: Ken Gelder, 43 Howard Rheingold, 'Introduction to The Virtual Community' (1994), 44 Stephen Duncombe, 'Community' (1997), 45 Sharon Kinsella, 'Amateur Manga Subculture and the Otaku Incident' (2000), 46 David Bell, 'Meat and Metal' (2000), 47 Paul Hodkinson, 'Communicating Goth: On-line Media' (2002), 48 Martin Roberts, 'Notes on a Global Underground' (2004)

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