SOC 2760 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Taxi Dance Hall

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Lecture 6
Jan 31st
Subcultures
“ a system of values attitudes modes of beh and life styles of a social
group that is somewhat distinct from yet nevertheless connected to
dominate culture”
influence if anthropology
immersion observation and documentation in “natural setting”
influence of Durkheim
subcultures as “normal” response to social conditions
influence of Robert park
city as organic, constantly evolving, social ecology has its own
dynamic relationship
clusters of “natural economies” w norms/values ex. Toronto=natural
system and little Italy=mirco communities
gangs as subcultures
ethnicity and territory
integrated but separate (they do business and interact w ppl, but
at the same time theyre disconnected like theyre part of their own
world)
values: street smarts, toughness and loyalty
subcultures as normal not pathological (they may be abused)
taxi dance hall
women got paid to dance w men
an entire subculture formed …they developed sign language for
which men will pay, which will not, which are dangerous and they
had strategies to get more money
this subculture is created bc they were frustrated w the stigma of
what women were in the 1930’s, they wanted to be seen as equal
albert cohen a general theory of subcultures
why and how do subcultures form?
Response to problem…ppl seek out individuals that share the same
experience
Characteristics
Shared frame of reference (norms and values)
Status (some ppl have higher status)
Membership (way that the group members figure out how they’re gonna
let some in and others out)
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