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Redefining the subcultural : The sub and the cultural

Hannerz, Erik LU (2016) In Educare - Vetenskapliga Skrifter 2016(2). p.50-74
Abstract
Arguing against the previous research’s presumption that the subcultural
constitutes a single set of meaning, this article addresses the simple
question of what constitutes the subcultural? What does it mean when we
address an object, practice, identity, or meaning structure as subcultural?
Through outlining three dominant strands in regards to how subcultural
difference has been defined, the author argues that the previous
research on subcultural theory has been preoccupied with a definition
of subcultures as being a response to external structural problems, with
the result that both the “sub” and the “cultural” become dependent
variables. Drawing from his work on punks in Sweden and Indonesia... (More)
Arguing against the previous research’s presumption that the subcultural
constitutes a single set of meaning, this article addresses the simple
question of what constitutes the subcultural? What does it mean when we
address an object, practice, identity, or meaning structure as subcultural?
Through outlining three dominant strands in regards to how subcultural
difference has been defined, the author argues that the previous
research on subcultural theory has been preoccupied with a definition
of subcultures as being a response to external structural problems, with
the result that both the “sub” and the “cultural” become dependent
variables. Drawing from his work on punks in Sweden and Indonesia the
author argues that although differing, the different strands in regards to
subcultural difference can nevertheless be combined into a refinement
of subcultural theory that moves beyond style to how objects, actions,
and identities are communicated, interpreted, and acted upon. Such a
refinement, the author argues, provides for an analysis of plurality within
the subcultural in relation to multiple structures of meaning. An increased
focus on the prefix sub and its relation to the root cultural allows for a
discussion of how the subcultural is symbolically extended and more so,
how this involves both conflict and alternative interpretations. (Less)
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  abstract     = {Arguing against the previous research’s presumption that the subcultural<br/>constitutes a single set of meaning, this article addresses the simple<br/>question of what constitutes the subcultural? What does it mean when we<br/>address an object, practice, identity, or meaning structure as subcultural?<br/>Through outlining three dominant strands in regards to how subcultural<br/>difference has been defined, the author argues that the previous<br/>research on subcultural theory has been preoccupied with a definition<br/>of subcultures as being a response to external structural problems, with<br/>the result that both the “sub” and the “cultural” become dependent<br/>variables. Drawing from his work on punks in Sweden and Indonesia the<br/>author argues that although differing, the different strands in regards to<br/>subcultural difference can nevertheless be combined into a refinement<br/>of subcultural theory that moves beyond style to how objects, actions,<br/>and identities are communicated, interpreted, and acted upon. Such a<br/>refinement, the author argues, provides for an analysis of plurality within<br/>the subcultural in relation to multiple structures of meaning. An increased<br/>focus on the prefix sub and its relation to the root cultural allows for a<br/>discussion of how the subcultural is symbolically extended and more so,<br/>how this involves both conflict and alternative interpretations. },
  author       = {Hannerz, Erik},
  issn         = {1653-1868},
  keyword      = {mainstream,punk,scene,subcultures,subcultural theory},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {50--74},
  publisher    = {Lärarutbildningen, Malmö högskola},
  series       = {Educare - Vetenskapliga Skrifter},
  title        = {Redefining the subcultural : The sub and the cultural},
  volume       = {2016},
  year         = {2016},
}