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Subcultures and Countercultures

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Scott Henderson

PCUL1F92Thursday February 2 2012Subculture and Counterculture Style Meaning and Substance Video clip of Grundie Punk Interview Subculture or Counterculturefor both we want to consider how they express their antisociety ideals through aspects such as fashion behaviour language image and other aspects of pop culture representationThe fact that both of these do this is perhaps why it is difficult to define differences and that there is overlap and confusionOBrien and Szeman suggest that the differences are in some ways artificialThey can feed into each otherBut Scott Henderson would suggest some difference in terms of goals and level of engagementcommitmentSubcultures Image of man with spiky hair and a leather jacket stating Punk is a commodityResistant to mass cultureAbout wanting to carve out a distinct place in societyYet there is a willingness to engage with the practices and processes of popular cultureMusicbased subcultures still engage in commerceSelling music concert tickets imagery making videos selling tshirts etcBut the styles and modes associated with that may reflect underlying ideoloigersContext High youth unemployment in London combined with vast spending about the Queens jubilee led to the rise of punk as a subcultureCountercultures Image of a bunch of hippies on a colourful bus More critical of the system as a wholeHave a desire to create an alternate systemA counter to culture as opposed to a subset of existing cultureOne way of looking at it a counterculture is a lifestyleaffects social organizationsSubculture seems to be more about style maintaining an image Yet both are read by their cultural representations as revealing theirvaluesContinued on next page
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