Body Style reveals the subcultural body as a site for understanding subcultural identity, resistance, agency, and fashion. Analyzed, theorized, politicized, and sensationalized, the subcultural body functions as a framework where individuals build a sense of self and subcultural identity. Drawing on specific subcultural examples and interviews with members, Body Style explores the subcultural body and its style within global culture.
Body Style is the result of over twelve years of research examining these intersections within specific urban subcultures, including Urban Tribals, Modern Primitives, Punks, Cybers, Industrials, Skaters, and others. Divided into three main sections on subcultural body history, subcultural body identity and subcultural body styles, this book will be of particular interest to students of dress and fashion as well as those coming to subculture from sociology and cultural studies.
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Table of Contents
Chapter One: Introduction Hip Hop and Rap Subcultures Consuming Subcultures Toward a Working Definition of Subcultures Defining "Subculture" in this Research Dress, Body Modification, and the Subcultural Body Entrée into Subcultural Research An Examination of Subcultural Body Style Overview Footnotes Chapter Two: Subcultural Body Style History The Body Mind/Body Dualism Postmodern Body Somatic Body Politicizing the Body Existential Postmodern Body Gendered Body The Body and Dress Subcultural Body Victorian Tattooed Ladies Anthropology and the Subcultural Body Socialization of the Subcultural Body Punks Skates Zokus Phenomenology of the Subcultural Body Subcultural Rituals of Pain Subcultural Body Labels Piercings Skin Resurfacing Implants Chapter Summary Footnotes Chapter Three: Subcultural Body Identity Subcultural Body Customization Noisy Aesthetics Displayed Body Performance Kurasu-zoku (Crow Tribe) Commodity (Value) Fetishized Deviance Disguise Social Body Belonging Narration Primal Body The Other Ritualized Body Drag Sun Dance Spiritual Body Transcendence Magick Healing Phenomenological Body Sentient Body Being in the Moment Bodily Awareness and Knowledge Tolerance and Control Subcultural Body Identity: Lolita Chapter Summary Footnotes Chapter Four: Subcultural Body Styles Subcultural Style Guidelines Roller Derby Girls Lolitas Visual Culture Subcultural Body Aesthetics Vampires Zokus Noise: Non-verbal Communication of the Subcultural Body Subcultural Noise: Body Modifications Modern Primitives Yakuza Subcultural Noise: Body Supplements Black Leather Jacket Subcultural Noise: Music Headbanger Material Culture Subcultural Body Styles Cosplayers Furries Drag Queens and Kings Fetish Subcultural Body Processes Did that hurt? Subcultural Anti-fashion Fashion Designers Branding the Subcultural Body Not Just for Kids Subcultural Body Styles: Modern Primitives and the Body Renaissance Fakir Musafar Modern Primitive History Modern Primitive Criticisms Body Renaissance Chapter Summary Footnotes Chapter Five: Conclusions Fashioning the Subcultural Body Tattoo Today, Gone Tomorrow Fashionable Fetish Subcultural Reactions Body Technologies Old and New Precision Piercing Hook Hanging Three-dimensional Rigid Implants Needles, Hooks, and BloodOh My! It's Real to Me Anonymity Church of the Body Modification Media-ted Body Summary Further Readings Bibliography