Wannabes, Goths, and Christians: The Boundaries of Sex, Style, and Status / Edition 1

Wannabes, Goths, and Christians: The Boundaries of Sex, Style, and Status / Edition 1

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by Amy C. Wilkins
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226898431

ISBN-13: 9780226898438

Pub. Date: 01/15/2008

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

On college campuses and in high school halls, being white means being boring. Since whiteness is the mainstream, these kids lack a cultural identity that's exotic or worth flaunting. To remedy this, countless white youths across the country are now joining more outre subcultures like the Black- and Puerto Rican-dominated hip-hop scene, the glamorously morose goth

Overview

On college campuses and in high school halls, being white means being boring. Since whiteness is the mainstream, these kids lack a cultural identity that's exotic or worth flaunting. To remedy this, countless white youths across the country are now joining more outre subcultures like the Black- and Puerto Rican-dominated hip-hop scene, the glamorously morose goth community, or an evangelical Christian organization whose members reject campus partying.

Amy C. Wilkins's intimate ethnography of these three subcultures reveals a complex tug-of-war between the demands of race, class, and gender in which transgressing in one realm often means conforming to expectations in another. Subcultures help young people, especially women, navigate these connecting territories by offering them different sexual strategies: wannabes cross racial lines, goths break taboos by becoming involved with multiple partners, and Christians forego romance to develop their bond with God. Avoiding sanctimonious hysteria over youth gone astray, Wilkins meets these kids on their own terms, and the result is a perceptive and provocative portrait of the structure of young lives.

About the Author:
Amy C. Wilkins is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226898438
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
01/15/2008
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: Gender, Race, Class, and Cultural Projects     1
From Geek to Freak     24
So Full of Myself as a Chick     54
Just Good People     88
Abstinence     117
Puerto Rican Wannabes     151
Why Don't They Act Like Who They Really Are?     153
The Gendered Limits of Racial Crossover     196
Conclusions, Contradictions, and Collisions     242
Works Cited     261
Index     273

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