Subculture, Club Cultures and Post-Subcultures: Music/Social Interactions?

Dan Laughey

in Music and Youth Culture

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780748623808
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653034 | DOI:
Subculture, Club Cultures and Post-Subcultures: Music/Social Interactions?

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This chapter reviews the literature on subcultures, club cultures and post-subcultures from an interactionist perspective. It argues that the prevalent deployment of semiotics, structuralism and postmodernism in understanding post-Second World War youth cultures has resulted in a dearth of empirically informed, sociologically detailed accounts of young people's localised interactions with familiar others. Instead of focusing on young people's relations to the people and places that provide meaningful everyday sources of reference and influence, youth cultural studies — particularly those derivative of the European tradition of critical and cultural theory — have tended to locate respondents in collective, intra-generational units that share homologous commitments to spectacular deviances or symbolic resistances. In turn, much previous research into the role of music in youth cultures has worked within a structural Marxist framework centred on the effects of and resistances to the commercial function inherent in mass music texts that young people have consumed throughout the twentieth century to the present day.

Keywords: youth culture; subcultures; club cultures; post-subcultures; youth cultural studies; Marxist framework

Chapter.  16958 words. 

Subjects: Cultural Studies

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